Zelensky, Macron, Merkel call for Russia to pull troops from Ukraine border

The leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine have called on Russia to pull its troops back from the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelensky proposed a summit that would also include Moscow – which Kyiv fears is preparing an invasion.

The conflict dates back to 2014, when Ukraine’s pro-Russian president was ousted in a popular uprising. Moscow-backed separatists occupied the eastern Donbas region – and Russia annexed Crimea.

The Kremlin says its recent military buildup is a response to Nato threats and Ukrainian provocations.

More than 14,000 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Violations of a shaky truce have become increasingly frequent in recent weeks.