in Ukraine, about 5,000 people demonstrate in the capital Kiev, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents in a meeting on the eve of the. The protesters are demanding the president Volodymyr Zelenskyiä to persevere in a meeting Vladimir Putin with. The protest was led by Zelenskyin against the opposition representatives.
Zelenskyin and Putin is scheduled to discuss tomorrow in Paris, the Eastern Ukrainian conflict. Bilateral meeting is part of a broader so-called Normandy group's summit, which is to revive the negotiations to resolve the conflict. Normandy group includes Ukraine and Russia, along with France and Germany.
Protesters are demanding that Ukraine will not agree to a peace agreement in the country's independence at the expense of. They are afraid that the president Zelenskyi agrees to a bad compromise and ruin the country's chances to move closer to the European union.
Protesters see the Russian aggressor, which wants Ukraine in his grip.
the Ukrainian government promised earlier to give a special status to the rebel-controlled areas and to organize there the election, after the parties had negotiated in September.
Ukraine and the separatists pulled the troops separated in three different regions between the forces at the front line. It is intended that the troops left the demilitarized zone.
in the Paris meeting, the government of Ukraine wants to agree on a durable ceasefire in the Donbass, prisoner exchange and illegal armed forces of the abolition of the Russian-backed separatists control areas.
more than half of ukrainians oppose the Donbass special status in Ukraine made according to opinion surveys. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents did not accept that the Ukrainian armed forces who fought against could be granted amnesty.
the Ukrainian troops are fighting Russian-supported forces in Eastern Ukraine in 2014. The conflict has claimed more than 13 000 people.
Sources: BTI, AFP, ReutersSubscribe Yle newsletters!
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