Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian president’s press service announced that Merkel and Poroshenko discussed plans for a meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four format in late November.

 

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“I can confirm that a telephone conversation has been held today between the German chancellor and the Ukrainian president Poroshenko. The conversation was about the implementation of the Minsk agreements and a preparation of the ‘road map’,” a representative of the press service told RIA Novosti.

 

The press service added that it could give no specific information on the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four format in November.

 

In April 2014, Kiev authorities launched a military operation against militia in Donbas. In February 2015, the two sides reached a ceasefire deal after talks brokered by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine — the Normandy format — in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

 

The Minsk agreements call for Kiev to afford local autonomy in eastern Ukraine, including special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics. The deal also stipulates a full ceasefire, withdrawing weapons from the line of contact, and an all-for-all prisoner exchange.