"Vladimir Putin Russia met with President Vladimir Leninsky of Ukraine for the first time on Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between in Ukrainian troops and moscow-backed separatists both sat down at the French presidential palace along with the leaders of France and Germany for talks focused. Oh Qassam reviving a two thousand fifteen peace agreement for eastern Ukraine that has largely stalled since two thousand fourteen. The war has killed. Fourteen thousand. Listen people emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics. A major breakthrough is unlikely and Ukrainian protesters in Kiev. A heaping pressure on the new leader. Not to surrender too much to Putin. WHO's been in office nearly twenty years but the fact that Putin and Zilenski ski metal was a significant step after years of war Putin and Celeski faced each other across the table flanked by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angle merckel whatever happens? The summit is the biggest test yet for Zielinski a comic actor and political novice who won the presidency this year in a landslide partly on promises to end the war. Walls alinsky still enjoys broad public support. He has been embarrassed. Embarrassed by the scandal around discussions with Donald trump that unleashed an impeachment inquiry in Washington. The US is an important military backer for a Ukraine which is largely outgunned by Russia while the US was never a part of this peace process. US backing has strengthened Ukraine's overall negotiating Shiite position with Russia in the past now that support is increasingly in doubt after the trump administration froze military aid earlier this year and is increasingly really focused on trump's reelection bid with US influence waning around the world many in Kiev see one clear winner. Russia the EU and US imposed separate sanctions on Russia over. Its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in two thousand fourteen the E. U.. You is expected to extend sanctions this week by another six months."