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EU leaders warn of new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

European Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider tough new sanctions against Russia when they meet on Thursday in response to a bloody upsurge in fighting blamed on Moscow.

In a rare joint statement on Tuesday, the 28 leaders voiced concern over what they said was Russian support for pro-Moscow rebels who have made large gains in eastern Ukraine and targeted the key port city of Mariupol.

“We condemn the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on 24 January 2015. We note evidence of continued and growing support given to the separatists by Russia, which underlines Russia’s responsibility,” they said.

“In view of the worsening situation we ask the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council to assess the situation and to consider any appropriate action, in particular on further restrictive measures, aiming at a swift and comprehensive implementation of Minsk agreements”.

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