“We saw similar progress in September, which was quickly violated by Russia and the separatists. Putin also continues to lie about his involvement in this conflict. How can we have faith that Putin will live up to this agreement when he has demonstrated an utter lack of honesty up to this point? We have seen this before, and I am hopeful that the outcome will be different this time around, but up until this point Putin has left us with no reason to have any confidence in his words or actions.

“We should continue to stand with the Ukrainian people and help them defend their country. Now is not the time to step back - we must keep the pressure on Putin and continue to press him to work towards a peaceful resolution to this unnecessary conflict.”