BERLIN, April 14 Russia may be playing a
behind-the-scenes role in escalating tensions in eastern
Ukraine, a German foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.
"We have numerous sources that suggest Russia may be playing
a role in the clashes," the spokeswoman told a government news
Separately, a government spokeswoman said European Union
foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday would discuss
whether tensions in eastern Ukraine justified the implementation
of tougher "third phase" economic sanctions against Russia.
"Whether the current situation in Ukraine is reason to move
to the third phase of scanctions will be discussed by EU foreign
ministers this afternoon," the second spokeswoman said.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Erik Kirschbaum; Writing by