Ukraine, rebels say pullback in the east is completed

Ukrainian and rebel officials say that both sides have completed a pullback of troops and weapons from an area in eastern Ukraine embroiled in a separatist conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed plans for holding the summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call Monday, according to the Kremlin.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said the summit could be held before the year's end but wouldn't comment on a possible date.

"The summit should produce new positive results," Ushakov said at a briefing. "It's necessary to take the first steps toward the implementation of the agreement reached in Minsk."

Germany and France sponsored a 2015 agreement signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk that envisaged broad autonomy for the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and an amnesty for the rebels — provisions that were never implemented because they were resented by many in Ukraine.