Russia’s President Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko have held their first direct talks on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but there appears to be no breakthrough, according to a BBC report.
Poroshenko said a “roadmap” would be prepared as soon as possible to end fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatists.
Vladimir Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for Ukraine itself.
Ukraine accuses Russia of arming the rebels, a claim denied by the Kremlin.
Prior to their one-to-one meeting in Belarusian capital Minsk, the two leaders also took part in discussions with the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton.
The summit comes after 10 Russian soldiers were seized in Ukraine’s east.
More than 2,000 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk.
The two regions declared independence from Kiev following Russia’s annexation of the southern Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March.
The talks between Mr Poroshenko and Mr Putin lasted for about two hours behind closed doors.
The Ukrainian leader was later quoted as saying that “a roadmap will be prepared in order to achieve as soon as possible a ceasefire regime which absolutely must be bilateral in character”.
Mr Poroshenko had earlier this year declared a unilateral ceasefire – but had accused the rebels of not following the suit.
In a statement on his website after the talks, Mr Poroshenko added: “Our main goal is peace. We are demanding decisive actions which will bring peace on Ukrainian soil.”
“The logic of a peace plan was after all supported by all the heads of state without exception.”
Meanwhile, President Putin said at a news conference that “Russia, for its part, will do everything to support this peace process if it starts”.
But he stressed that it was up to the government in Kiev and separatist leaders in the east to work out conditions for a truce.
The two leaders reportedly agreed to hold further consultations between Ukraine’s and Russia’s border guard agencies.