September 12, 2019 / 2:48 PM / 6 days ago

Ukraine drawing up roadmap to implement peace deal for Donbass: Zelenskiy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto attend a welcoming ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine September 12, 2019. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine is preparing a roadmap with clear deadlines in order to implement a peace deal for eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters on Thursday, speaking alongside the visiting president of Finland.

Zelenskiy hoped that the new roadmap would be discussed at a meeting in the so-called “Normandy” format between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in September.

Ukraine has been fighting Russian-backed forces in the eastern Donbass region for five years in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people, despite a notional ceasefire that was agreed in 2015 in the Belarus capital Minsk.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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