August 7, 2019 / 1:48 PM / 15 days ago

Ukraine's Zelenskiy says spoke to Macron about meeting on Donbass conflict

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy chairs a meeting with the country's military leadership in Kiev, Ukraine, August 7, 2019. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, and that Macron had supported Zelenskiy’s initiative for a new round of four-way talks to bring peace to the eastern Donbass region.

Ukraine wants new discussions under the so-called “Normandy Format” involving France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. Zelenskiy earlier pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin for a resumption of the peace talks, after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by shelling in the Donbass.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Catherine Evans

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