“With tensions spiraling in eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia held talks Wednesday at the Elysee Palace in Paris alongside representatives from Germany and France under the Normandy format.

It is the first time such talks — which took place in an advisory capacity — were held since 2019. It is also the first time since Moscow’s latest military build-up began on Ukraine’s border.

The move has stoked fears of a much wider incursion into Ukraine beyond the industrial eastern region known as Donbas, which is controlled by Russia-backed separatists.” — DW