Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine ended Tuesday in Turkey with some optimism that both sides may be one step closer to ending the war.
Russia pledged to “reduce military activity” significantly near Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, as well as in Chernihiv to the north. Moscow also said it was ready to set up a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky once a draft peace agreement is in place.
Ukrainian officials outlined potential concessions over territory occupied by Russia, including a proposal that negotiations over Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, be conducted over a 15-year period. Ukraine also said it would refrain from trying to retake the peninsula by force.
Zelensky said his country is prepared to declare its neutrality, as Russia demanded, and is also open to compromise over the fate of the contested Donbas region in the eastern part of Ukraine.