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Ukraine: Pessimism remains following Minsk summit

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Ukraine: Pessimism remains following Minsk summit


Many Ukrainians remain sceptical about whether Tuesday’s Minsk summit between Moscow and Kyiv will lead to the end of the war in the east of the country.

In talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko promised to work on a ‘roadmap’ for a ceasefire.

More than 2,200 people have been killed since the crisis unfolded in February including 298, when a Malaysian airliner was shot down last month.

Observers say it was unclear whether any progress had been made in only the second meeting between the two leaders.

Several Kyiv residents told euronews that Putin was unlikely to change his position

“Militants are fighting thanks to Russian weapons, thanks to Russian military support. I don’t think we can expect peace anytime soon because of our neighours, who were supposed to be one of the guarantors of our territorial integrity,” said one resident.

Our correspondent in Kyiv, Sergio Cantone said:

“No Ukrainian seems to agree with Russia increasing its military presence near the border. It is taking place despite the commitments made at the Minsk summit. A political solution to the conflict seems as far away as it ever was.”

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