Russia wanted an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the Sunday morning deadline was agreed in talks in Minsk under pressure from rebel leaders, President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman was quoted as saying Friday.
The marathon night-long Minsk talks have ended with a successful conclusion on Thursday as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian leader Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement to halt the 10-month long conflict and also agreed to withdraw heavy weapons.
President Vladimir Putin will travel to Minsk to participate in a Ukraine peace summit together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande later Wednesday, the Kremlin said.
A four-way summit in Minsk aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis is still very likely to go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday despite a number of unresolved issues, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
Four people were killed in mortar attacks on a bus station and a metals plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk early Wednesday as peace talks were due to be held in Minsk, a separatists` representative and a plant employee said.
Talks on how to resolve a conflict in Ukraine will focus on withdrawing heavy weapons, creating a demilitarised zone in eastern Ukraine and starting a dialogue between Kiev and the rebels, Russia`s RIA news agency quoted a source as saying on Tuesday.
Political pariah turned would-be peacemaker, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will bask in the limelight this week when European leaders desperate to end the Ukraine war are expected to gather in Minsk.
About 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops have started exercises in southern Russia, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, a day before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk.