Putin, other leaders to meet on Ukraine crisis on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Fran├žois Hollande are expected to hold a meeting in Belarus on Wednesday to continue working towards a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the German and French governments said on Sunday.

The news of the summit came after Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko spoke by phone on Sunday morning, and less than two days after Merkel and Hollande met with Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, though the trilateral meeting did not result in any breakthrough agreements.

"They have continued to work on a package of measures as part of their efforts to achieve a comprehensive resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said after Sunday's call. "This work will continue tomorrow in Berlin with the aim of a summit in the 'Normandie' format to be held in Minsk on Wednesday."

Representatives of Ukrainian separatists and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are also expected to be in Minsk on Wednesday, the spokesman added. A statement from France's presidential palace echoed Seibert's comments, saying the leaders "worked intensely" during Sunday's call.

There was no immediate comment from the offices of Putin and Poroshenko.

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