"The meeting [of DPR and Ukraine's Armed Forces representatives] is most likely to be held after the Normandy format talks on Ukrainian military conflict de-escalation in Astana scheduled for January 15-16," Pushilin said.
Ukrainian reconciliation talks have taken place in the so-called Normandy, Minsk, Geneva and Weimar formats so far. The Minsk format grants participation rights to Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR).
The Contact Group, comprising representatives of Russia, Ukraine, DPR, LPR and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) met in Belarusian capital Minsk on September 5 and 19, which resulted in a ceasefire agreement between the warring sides. The sides, however, accused each other of violating it multiple times.