Ukraine's President 'cautiously optimistic' following peace talks

Ukraine's President 'cautiously optimistic' following peace talks

Peace talks aimed at ending the war in Ukraine have taken place between the country's president Petro Poroshenko and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The summit reviving a European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine ended Friday with a call for the delay of contentious rebel plans to hold local elections this month and for both sides to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller-calibre weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a long-awaited summit in Paris that was overshadowed by international concerns about Russia's military intervention in Syria this week.

Last night, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said he feels cautiously optimistic following the talks.

French President Francois Hollande said the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is being widely respected, and the countries are now working towards holding new elections there.

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