Several news sources are reporting some progress in ending the Ukraine War. Time will tell, if this is true or just hype or wishful thinking. Pray for Peace! Stirling
Putin and Poroshinko vow to end bloodshed in symbolic D-Day meeting ~ link ~
A spokesman from the Kremlin said the two leaders called for the “soonest end to bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine and combat by both parties, the Ukrainian armed forces and supporters of the federalisation of Ukraine,” in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
Mr Putin and Mr Poroshenko discussed how Russia could recognize the Ukrainian elections, and a possible cease-fire, said an official at French President Francois Hollande's office.
The French official said their 15-minute discussion “included ways to de-escalate, including the manner in which Moscow could recognise Poroshenko's election, realising that Putin is sending an ambassador to Kiev tomorrow”.
When Poroshenko met Putin: The diplomacy behind D-Day ~ link ~
But now, in the shadow of Europe's last great war, have two leaders taken steps to try and prevent this new conflict from turning into another?
As they met in France at a commemoration ceremony for the D-Day landings 70 years on, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko jointly called for an end to the bloodshed still taking place in Ukraine.
Meeting between Ukrainian and Russian leaders: Putin talks ceasefire with Kiev junta ~ link ~
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko have discussed a ceasefire and other possible steps to defuse the crisis between their countries in a brief but significant meeting in France, French officials say.
The two leaders talked for 15 minutes yesterday in a meeting hosted by French President Francois Hollande before a lunch of world leaders at the D-Day anniversary ceremonies.
Vladimir Putin discusses ceasefire with Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko at D-Day ceremonies ~ link ~
Putin and Poroshenko urge end to violence in the Ukraine ~ link ~
Leaders talk ceasefire at D-Day event ~ link ~ Their brief interaction, which some reports said was as short as one minute while others said lasted 15 minutes, took place after world leaders gathered for a group photograph.
D-Day tribute: Rare images of bravery and sacrifice - videos and photos ~ link
D-Day 70th Anniversary: LIVE UPDATES ~ link
D-Day 70th Anniversary - extensive photos ~ link