Talks involving representatives of the Ukrainian government, pro-Russian separatists and representatives of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are under way in Minsk, Belarus.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and separatist leaders have said they are ready for a truce if agreement on a plan to end the five-month conflict is reached.

The talks follow a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 3 in which they discussed ways to end the conflict that has killed more than 2,600 people in eastern Ukraine since April.

Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma and Mikhail Zurabov of Russia both said before the talks that they hoped agreements would be signed.