Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on 22 December 2014 reached an agreement to hold new round of peace talks on Ukraine. The peace talks are the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and West.
The talks would involve negotiators from Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The negotiations talks will be held in Belarusian capital, Minsk on 24 December and 26 December 2014.
The agreement to hold a new peace talks was reached during a conference call between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Previous peace talks of September 2014 led to a tenuous peace agreement, although fighting continued in eastern Ukraine. In this fight at least 1300 civilians have died. However, United Nations report suggests that since outbreak of the conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russia separatists in April 2014 more than 4700 people have been killed.
When: 22 December 2014