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Foreign Ministers to Discuss Ukraine at Minsk Meeting

FILE - From left, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, France Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gather before talks in Berlin, Germany, May 11, 2016.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Belarus next week to discuss the implementation of a cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandre Giorgini said on Friday the meeting on Tuesday would "allow us to go over what has been done and what has not been done since the October meeting in Berlin."

In October, the four countries agreed to draw up a road map in November on how to implement the Minsk cease-fire deal agreed in 2015.

At the Berlin meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said they were aiming to resolve an impasse on the conflict by the end of November.

The Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have failed to fully implement the Minsk agreement.

Fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine, where the conflict has killed more than 9,600 people.

Some material for this report came from AFP and Reuters.