Ukraine's Poroshenko to hold peace talks with rebels 'this week'

A Russian humanitarian convoy drives through the eastern Ukrainian city of Makiyivka in the Donetsk region on December 21, 2014Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday a fresh round of peace talks with pro-Russian rebels would take place this week following an international push to revive the stalled negotiations. The talks will be held in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Wednesday and Friday and were announced after the Ukrainian leader spoke by phone with his counterparts from Russia, France and Germany. The talks, meant to enforce a tenuous peace agreement reached at negotiations in Minsk in September, will involve envoys from Kiev, Moscow and the pan-European OSCE security body. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hosted the September negotiations and had travelled to the Ukrainian capital on Sunday in a bid to help get the peace process back on track.

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