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Ukraine Live Blog: Zelenskiy & The Crisis In The East

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy takes a selfie with a well-wisher while on a visit to the port city of Mariupol on June 15.

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-- ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected to make his first visits to France and Germany as head of state this week, with the European capitals seeking progress on reforms in Ukraine and the country’s conflict with Russia-backed separatists.

- Zelenskiy visited the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on June 15 to take part in activities to mark the fifth year of the city being liberated from Russia-backed separatists.

-- Russia has begun handing out Russian passports to Ukrainians from separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, a move condemned by Kyiv as "legally void."

-- A draft statement expected to be issued at an upcoming EU-Ukraine summit will express Brussels' continued recognition of Ukraine's European aspirations while dropping criticism of the country's education law, according to a copy of the draft seen by RFE/RL.

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Controversy in Lvov:

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