>> There is a sliver of hope for lasting peace in Ukraine. The verdict of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after talks with French and Ukrainian counterparts in Kiev on Wednesday. Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists agreeing to revive a truce deal from midnight local time. Reuters correspondent Alessandra Prentice is in Kiev.
>> Truces like this have been declared before and then crumbled. Which means there is still cynicism among many Ukrainians about the current outlook for lasting peace. More of many other points of the Minsk peace agreement have yet to be implemented. Ukraine still has not got any control over its eastern borders with Russia.
And it has yet to hold regional elections>> The truce was originally agreed at the start of September. Dubbed the back to school ceasefire, it stemmed hostilities but failed to stop all fighting. On Wednesday night the foreign ministers of Germany and France, brokers of the 18 month old Minsk peace deal, said a further agreement was planned.
It would oblige both sides to withdraw troops from three areas of Eastern Ukraine. That agreement could be signed Tuesday. But all sides know there is a big difference between agreeing something and making it stick.