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Russia's FM says Ukraine peace talks to focus on cease-fire, rebuilding eastern Ukraine

  • Denis Pushilin, leader of the insurgent Donetsk People’s Republic, right, speaks to media at the National airport Minsk, before leaving Belarus, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Representatives from Ukraine and Russia, separatist envoys and officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were tentatively set to hold talks Friday in Minsk, Belarus, on ensuring a cease-fire to be monitored by the OSCE. Prospects for Ukraine peace talks remained dim Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Denis Pushilin, leader of the insurgent Donetsk People’s Republic, right, speaks to media at the National airport Minsk, before leaving Belarus, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Representatives from Ukraine and Russia, separatist envoys and officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were tentatively set to hold talks Friday in Minsk, Belarus, on ensuring a cease-fire to be monitored by the OSCE. Prospects for Ukraine peace talks remained dim Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denis Pushilin, leader of the insurgent Donetsk People’s Republic, speaks to media at the National airport Minsk, before leaving, Belarus, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Representatives from Ukraine and Russia, separatist envoys and officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were tentatively set to hold talks Friday in Minsk, Belarus, on ensuring a cease-fire to be monitored by the OSCE. Prospects for Ukraine peace talks remained dim Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Denis Pushilin, leader of the insurgent Donetsk People’s Republic, speaks to media at the National airport Minsk, before leaving, Belarus, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Representatives from Ukraine and Russia, separatist envoys and officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were tentatively set to hold talks Friday in Minsk, Belarus, on ensuring a cease-fire to be monitored by the OSCE. Prospects for Ukraine peace talks remained dim Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's foreign minister says planned Ukraine peace talks are focusing on ensuring a stable cease-fire.

Sergey Lavrov said Friday that a truce in eastern Ukraine should be monitored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He said the agenda for the peace talks tentatively set for Friday in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, also includes economic assistance to the rebel regions and their relations with the Ukrainian government.

The success of the Minsk talks involving representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russia rebels and the OSCE could pave the way for a meeting of leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France to discuss the Ukrainian crisis.

More than 4,700 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since April, and fighting has continued despite September's cease-fire deal.