In the lead-up to the Normandy Format meeting, Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker emphasized that the United States stands with Ukraine as it moves forward with peace negotiations, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reports.

"Secretary of State [Mike] Pompeo asked me to travel to Ukraine to assure you, the people of Ukraine, that the United States steadfastly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the leadup to the December 9th Normandy Format Summit," U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker said in a video address the U.S. Embassy published on Twitter, showing him laying flowers at the memorial of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes at the Maidan in Kyiv.

"Ukraine's success in the face of Russia's unacceptable and illegal aggression, and a challenging agenda of crucial reforms matters deeply to the United States and to all those around the world who stand for democratic values," the acting assistant secretary emphasized.

He reiterated the U.S. commitment, along with allies and partners, to "keep pressuring Russia to live up to its commitments under the Minsk Agreements."