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"Marco Werman in your with the world good to have you with us. This Friday Vladimir meet Valona Mirror Vladimir Vladimir the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin Vladimir Zielinski are set to hold their first face-to-face. Peace talks on Monday in Paris. They'll discuss a ceasefire in the long running conflict in eastern Ukraine between Ukraine's government forces and pro Russian rebels from Moscow. Charles Maine's has this preview of the upcoming summit for five years Ukraine's government has been locked in grinding battle with pro Russian separatists separatist in eastern Ukraine's Don boss region with more than thirteen thousand killed. When you go over that period the Kremlin has maintained contain? It is not involved in the war. The Russian soldiers rebranded as volunteers had joined in the fighting ski lay Ska European powers repeatedly the tried and failed to negotiate an end to the violence against that backdrop enters a newcomer below demere. Alinsky I do want to civil and US but STU comedic actor made famous for his role playing in accidental president on TV Zilenski when the real thing in a landslide victory earlier this year his central promise to voters to end the war. We're in east Ukraine night basis of bringing new not on by. It's a pledge that's opened up one stalled negotiations with the Kremlin on several small but important issues in September. The two sides agreed to a seventy person prisoner swap for sign of a thaw in relations. And then last month Russia returned three. Ukrainian naval vessels had seized a year before the gesture that turned sour after Kiev accused Moscow of stripping the vessels into disrepair yet Russian polls show as Alinsky effect as Russian. Attitudes hardened by Kremlin Kremlin propaganda. Demonizing Ukraine have begun to soften Zelinski television performances conducted in the native Russian. Grew up with haven't heard either says Boris Kagarlitsky Verlinsky a sociologist at the Moscow School of Economic and Social Sciences. There are millions of people in Russia. Who saw these performances in movies and and who loved that who laughed at his jokes? He's funny and we shouldn't be funny. And then we should be frightening. Should be the scary and is not but the smiles. Don't extend to the Donnas on boss with Ukraine still looking to regain control over territory loss to pro Russian rebels and Russia insisting increased Tommy for the self-proclaimed independent the republics of dinette Skin Luhansk lingering territorial dispute makes any attempt by Ukraine to join the EU or NATO all but dead on arrival meanwhile Zilenski Linski faces other political challenges. His efforts to make peace with Moscow have alienated militant forces at home. Like the nationalist right sector movement."