The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France could be close to an agreement after 12 hours of talks aimed at resolving the Ukrainian crisis, diplomatic sources say.

Details remain unclear about a document expected to be signed in the Belarus capital Minsk.

Sources said the document may be a joint declaration rather than a full agreement to end the 10-month conflict.

“There’s hope that an agreement will be signed by the contact group,” one diplomatic source told the AFP news agency.

Ukrainian presidential aide Valeriy Chaly earlier said a “battle of nerves” was under way as the discussions dragged towards dawn.

“We’ve got another 5-6 hours of work. At least,” he said in a Facebook post after talks had already been going on for seven hours.

“But we should not leave here without an agreement on an unconditional ceasefire.”

Sky’s Stuart Ramsay, who is at the talks, said: “We’ve seen a lot of running around with what look like communiques, so something appears to be getting done.”

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.

Mr Poroshenko has said the talks are crucial in deciding whether the situation will de-escalate or spiral “out of control”…. see more

source: skynews