The provisional text - agreed by EU states ambassadors on Monday, Dec. 8 - "congratulates Ukraine on its new government and welcomes its determination to carry out political and economic reforms".
It says that following a recent EU aid payment of €500 million "the Union and its member states stand ready to further facilitate and support Ukraine's reform process".
It notes the "situation in eastern Ukraine remains a strong concern" and urges both sides to implement the Sept. 5 ceasefire accord.
It warns "the European Council is ready to take further steps if necessary" in a reference to Russia sanctions. It also says EU countries plan to impose a ban on investments in Russia-annexed Crimea on Dec. 15, three days ahead of the EU leaders' final 2014 meeting in Brussels.