Putin Says Ukraine Peace Moving Forward

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday that the peace process in eastern Ukraine was progressing despite difficulties. Merkel reaffirmed her support for the peace efforts and repeated her calls to Putin to use his influence with pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev government forces to end a conflict in which more than 6,000 people have been killed since April 2014. Relations between Russia and Germany have soured sharply over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean region and its support for the separatists.