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The meeting of political advisors to leaders of the Normandy Four states (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France) will be held on August 28.

That's according to Sergiy Garmash, Ukraine's member to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, Obozrevatel reports.

"The Normandy [Four] meeting at the level of political advisors is scheduled for August 28," Garmash is quoted as saying.

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What is Normandy Format

The Normandy Format talks (French: Format Normandie) involve the representatives of four countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, who met informally during the D-Day celebration in Normandy on June 6, 2014,  and who aim to resolve the war in Donbas. It operates mainly through telephone calls between the leaders and their respective ministers of foreign affairs.

Normandy Four: latest developments

Following the Normandy summit in Paris on December 9, 2019, leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia agreed on a communique in support of the agreement within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the disengagement of forces in three additional areas of Donbas.

It was determined that disengagement was to be completed before the end of March 2020, although it hasn't yet.

Earlier, forces disengaged in the area of ​​Stanytsia Luhanska (June 2019), near Zolote (late October 2019), and in the area of ​​Bohdanivka and Petrivske (November 2019).

On July 7, Deputy Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov suggested that a meeting of the Normandy Four leaders in Berlin could take place as early as August.

Since midnight on July 27, a full and comprehensive ceasefire has been in effect along the contact line in the zone of ​​the Joint Forces Operation in Donbas.

The relevant agreement was sealed by the parties to the TCG (Ukraine, Russia, and OSCE) on July 22.