Two soldiers and a pro-Russian rebel were killed in the last 24 hours in eastern Ukraine where isolated clashes continue in breach of a truce to end the yearlong war, officials on both sides said Wednesday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday, less than a week after accusing Moscow of lying to his face over the conflict.
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.
US President Barack Obama hosts Angela Merkel at the White House on Monday, as worsening violence in Ukraine confronts them with a choice between throwing more weapons into the war and risky peace talks.
Talks on the Ukraine crisis can advance only when both sides fully observe a ceasefire in the country`s east to open the way for the full implementation of a four-month-old peace deal, Russia said on Tuesday.
A fresh round of peace talks between representatives from Kiev and the leadership of independence-seeking pro-Russian insurgents will take place Wednesday in Minsk, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said here Tuesday.