The so-called Contact Group-- representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the OSCE, and separatist-held regions of eastern Ukraine held a meeting in Belarus capital Minsk. Representatives of the contact group said no agreement had yet been reached on a ceasefire.

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, OSCE special representative Heidi Tagliavini, and the authorized representatives from the two separatist regions -- Denis Pushilin from Donetsk and Vladislav Deinego from Luhansk atended the meeting.

The Contact Group is the mechanism for talks between representatives of Ukraine, the pro-Russian rebels, Russia, and the OSCE, which produced a September 5 agreement on a cease-fire that failed to end the violence in east Ukraine.

The Contact Group representatives were meeting on the eve of a proposed summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine, which is tentatively planned in Minsk on February 11.