October 10, 2019 / 9:44 AM / 7 days ago

Ukrainian president says he will propose peacekeepers on border with Russia

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a press-marathon at a food market in Kiev, Ukraine October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that he would discuss setting up a peacekeeping mission in separatist-held Donbass at a planned summit with leaders of Russia, Germany and France.

He told journalists at a news conference that peacekeepers would be based on the border with Russia, which is currently controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

A breakthrough at talks in Minsk earlier this month opened the way to what would be the first international summit in three years on ending fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Pavel Polityuk and Matthias Williams, writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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