The "Normandy quartet," consisting of the presidents of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 11, in what France's President Hollande called the last chance for peace in the region. Tensions are escalating as the United States considers supplying Ukraine with arms, a move that Russia and European Union states are opposing.
US director of national intelligence James Clapper said the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine would 'bolster their resolve and morale'.
As yet another summit passes into history, journalists are trying hard to interpret something which continues to puzzle them: how on Earth could the four presidents stay clear-headed throughout sixteen hours of negotiations and stick to their respective agendas to the very end?
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US President Barack Obama agree to further cooperation in case the Ukrainian conflict escalates.
Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said martial law will be imposed all over Ukraine, if the ceasefire in Donbas breaks.
Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the extreme importance of implementing the ceasefire agreement in Donbas on time.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that martial law would be introduced in Ukraine if ceasefire in Donbas was broken.
Moscow once again urged the "parties of the Ukrainian conflict to implement their obligations strictly."
The talks are expected to be held in anticipation of the ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine that is due to come into force at midnight local time on February 15.
As Debaltseve is not mentioned in the Minsk agreement and that means that Kiev "simply betrayed" 5,000 Ukrainian armed forces' soldiers.
The draft resolution aims at supporting the Minsk agreements "without any interpretations," a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
World powers are making last-ditch efforts to end the war in Ukraine at a flurry of summits with a truly global geography. While the agreement reached by the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Minsk evoked cautious optimism, the road to Ukrainian reconciliation remains long and bumpy.
The envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic to the Contact Group talks said Donetsk forces were currently acting in accordance with the new Minsk deal, but was ready to "make appropriate conclusion."
Parliament speaker of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Andrei Purgin said the people's republics in Donbas were against continuing fighting in the region and needed peace to bring people's lives back to normal.
The Right Sector is not actually under the control of Kiev that is undermining the peace process in Ukraine, experts said.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has stressed the importance of the practical implementation of Minsk agreements on Ukraine.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that the US failure to present at the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk was notable and marks a decline in US leadership.
The G7 stated on Friday that the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States would implement new measures against violators of the Minsk declaration.
The OSCE stated that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission stands ready to monitor the implementation of a ceasefire in Ukraine, starting at midnight on February 15, to ensure the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements.
Donbas militia is ready to fully implement new Minsk agreements and ceasefire if Kiev does the same.
Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's envoy to EU, says the sides involved in the Ukrainian conflict should be held responsible for the implementation of new peace agreements on Ukraine and not Russia. Chizhov also said that the expansion of the EU blacklist will discourage the sides of the conflict from implementing peace agreements.