Vladimir Putin has met the new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko for the first time since the annexation of Crimea by the Kremlin.
The pair met on the sidelines of the D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy and agreed the need for a "speedy end to the bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine", according to a Kremlin spokesman quoted by the RIA Novosti agency.
"In a brief conversation, both Putin and Poroshenko called for a speedy end to the bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine as well as to fighting on both sides - by the Ukrainian armed forces as well as by supporters of the federalisation of Ukraine," Dmitrii Peskov said.
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