A meeting of the so-called Normandy format group is due to take place in Berlin on January 5, where representatives of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany will discuss possibilities for a settlement in Ukraine.

Kyiv has said the director of the department of politics and communications, Oleksiy Makeyev, would attend and Russia said it was sending the director of the Foreign Ministry's second department for CIS affairs, Viktor Sorokin.

Makeyev was already in Berlin on January 4 and said all participants in the talks would present their plans for promoting the implementation of the Minsk accords.

The representatives hope to make enough progress so that a higher-level meeting of the Normandy format group can be held in the near future.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at the end of December that he hoped a meeting of the Normandy format group could be held at the summit level in the Kazakh capital, Astana, in mid-January.