Ukrainians react to the first talks between Putin and Zelensky | AFP

Residents of Kiev react to the results of the first face-to-face talks between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky at a summit in Paris. The two agreed some measures to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict but achieved no major breakthrough on ending the five-year war.

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Putin, Zelensky in first-ever meeting at Paris summit | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky have met for the first time ever at a summit in Paris seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in eastern Ukraine. Putin and Zelensky sat down at a table with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the start of a four-way meeting at the Elysee Palace. IMAGES

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Merkel and Zelensky arrive at Elysee Palace for landmark Paris summit on Ukraine | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive at the Elysée Palace in Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The summit is being seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine. No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the afternoon meeting — mediated by Macron and Merkel — but diplomats hope the exercise will help to bolster trust between Zelensky and Putin. IMAGES

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Ukraine’s Zelensky visits front line before talks with Putin | AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits frontline troops fighting Moscow-backed separatists in the country’s east a few days before crucial talks on the conflict with Vladimir Putin. Dressed in a khaki jacket and trousers, the 41-year-old president gives medals to servicemen.

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Putin, Xi launch ‘historic’ Russian gas pipeline to China 2 | AFP

Russia and China launch a giant gas pipeline linking the countries for the first time, one of three major projects aimed at cementing Moscow’s role as the world’s top gas exporter. Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the “Power of Siberia” pipeline as a symbol of cooperation. IMAGES of the pipeline and SOUNDBITES of the CEO of GazpromN°1MQ722

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Five years after sanctions Russian cheeses getting top marks | AFP

Hundreds of artisanal creameries have cropped up across Russia since President Vladimir Putin banned Western food imports in 2014. Elvira Kovtun made her first cheese in a pot in her kitchen outside Moscow in 2015. Kovtun, a housewife and mostly self-taught cheesemaker, eventually became so good that she and her husband decided to turn her passion into a business.

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Presidents of Russia and China shake hands ahead of BRICS summit | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands ahead of BRICS summit in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Russia flaunts firepower at Africa summit | AFP

Russia shows off its next generation Kalashnikov assault rifles, helicopters and facial recognition systems as President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for a major summit in Sochi. The Wednesday and Thursday event at the Black Sea resort has brought together delegates to discuss everything from nuclear technology to mineral extraction — but on the sidelines, stands for arms companies dominate.

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Vladimir Putin meets with Cyril Ramaphosa at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. Putin is hosting dozens of African leaders as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. IMAGES

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Putin meets with el-Sisi at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

Vladimir Putin meets with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Russian president hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates prepare deals and discuss topics from nuclear technology to mineral extraction. IMAGES

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