There's been a renewed surge in tensions between Kyiv and Moscow, after Nadia Savchenko, a captured Ukrainian Pilot, was tried and convicted of murder. Ukraine and Western countries say the trial contravened a prisoner-exchange agreement.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. The optimistic tone comes as the EU renewed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
Ukraine's security forces detained Volodymyr Ruban while he was transporting weapons from the conflict zone in the country's east. Officials claimed he planned to kill top Ukrainian leaders, including the president.
Ukraine's president and Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the decision to recommit to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine first agreed in 2015. But the US is reported to be sending lethal weapons to Kyiv.
The swap comes after a recommitment to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where over 10,000 people have been killed. A US decision to provide Ukraine with weapons has seen Russia warn the US is encouraging "new bloodshed."
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