Ukraine wants summit to seek end to war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wants a summit to seek an end the war in his country's east. -EPA

Ukraine is ready to take the necessary decisions to end the war in its eastern Donbass region at a new summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says.

"It is time to agree on an end to the conflict, and we are ready for the necessary decisions during a new summit of the leaders of the four countries," Zelenskiy said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the same statement, Zelenskiy's chief of staff Andriy Yermak said Ukraine wanted to agree on measures such as implementing a ceasefire and more prisoner swaps.

Washington and Kiev say tens of thousands of Russian troops moved to within striking distance of Ukraine could be preparing a new military offensive.