- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on a summit in Berlin to discuss the stalled Ukraine peace process and Syria’s civil war (all times local):

12:50 a.m.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany has resulted in agreement on establishing a so-called “road map” to end the conflict between Russia-backed separatists and the army in eastern Ukraine.

Poroshenko said the leaders agreed that the road map should be adopted by the end of November.

Details of the road map were not immediately clear. Poroshenko was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying it would include all security issues including restoration of Ukraine’s control of its entire border with Russia.

The road map is aimed at being a mechanism to implement the so-called Minsk Agreement of February 2015 on ending the conflict, in which more than 9,600 people have been killed.

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12:40 a.m.

Ukraine’s president says an agreement has been reached at a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on deploying an armed police mission in separatist eastern Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko’s comments were reported by Russian news agencies early Thursday after more than four hours of talks at the summit in Berlin.

The reports did not immediately specify how the proposed mission of police from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe would be deployed. But the OSCE said in May that the group would consider sending such a mission to help conduct elections in the separatist regions of the east.

Poroshenko said that Germany, the current chair of the OSCE, would be asked to present the mission proposal to the organization

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6:30 p.m.

The leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France are in Berlin for talks on the stagnant peace process in eastern Ukraine - a meeting that also is expected to touch on Syria’s civil war.

Prospects of significant progress on either front look poor, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said before Wednesday evening’s meeting that it’s important to exhaust every possibility.

Merkel and Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Francois Hollande of France and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine have met sporadically to discuss eastern Ukraine. This is their first meeting in over a year.

The 2015 Minsk agreement brokered by France and Germany has helped end large-scale battles between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists, but clashes have continued.

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