Thursday, February 12
The four leaders held a number of rounds of closed-door talks, first among themselves, then with their foreign ministers and top aides, and then again without aides.
The German Foreign Ministry said that the talks are "not easy and continuing," adding that minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is delaying his departure for a planned trip to Brazil. By contrast, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the talks were going "better than super."
Ukraine Peace Plan being hammered out ~ link ~
A peace plan is believed to comprise of two parts:
- a joint declaration supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
- a statement affirming the leaders' commitment to the ceasefire plan drawn up in Minsk in September.
Ukraine peace talks go on as violence surges ~ link ~
There has been a dramatic spike in violence in eastern Ukraine as crisis talks aimed at resolving the 10-month conflict got under way in Belarus.
Porky: Ukraine Civil War risks spiraling totally out of control ~ link ~
Ukraine’s president has warned that the separatist conflict in east Ukraine will spiral out of control if there is no de-escalation and ceasefire.