Putin says he doubts Ukraine can deliver on peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the Summit of leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Ashgabat, Turkm

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the Summit of leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Ashgabat, Turkm

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the Summit of leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Ashgabat, Turkm

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the Summit of leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Ashgabat, Turkm

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow supports peace efforts by the new Ukrainian leader but thinks he is at the moment unable to see through previous agreements.

Putin says he suspects that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's own will is not enough to bring the peace process forward.

Zelenskiy "just can't" deliver on his promise of a weaponry pullback in separatist-held eastern Ukraine, Putin said, because of opposition from Ukrainian far-right groups and conflict veterans.

Ukraine, along with Moscow and Russia-backed separatists, signed an accord last week on local elections and the weaponry pullback in the east.

The pullback, however, has not happened because of shelling from both sides and threats from Ukrainian hardliners to hamper the disengagement.

Putin spoke during a visit to Turkmenistan on Friday.