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EU imposes Ukraine sanctions

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 - 01:58

Feb. 21 - The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials ''responsible for violence and excessive force'' after a deadly day of clashes in Kiev. Sarah Toms reports.

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STORY: Ukraine's bloodiest day of clashes. In the past two days alone 75 people - including policemen - have been killed....many reportedly by snipers. Scenes like these persudaded the EU to impose sanctions on the Ukrainian officials it says are responsible for the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, CATHERINE ASHTON, SAYING: "But in the light of the deteriorating situation we decided as a matter of urgency we needed to look at targeted sanctions, we've agreed to suspend export licences for equipment for internal repression, and we've asked the relevant working bodies of the Council to make the necessary preparations immediately. That implementation will be taken forward in the light of developments in Ukraine. As ever we continue to work in close cooperation with the international community and we look to a lasting, inclusive solution to this crisis." The U.S. has already announced visa bans on 20 members of the Ukrainian government but not provided any names. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST SAYING: "There is a full toolkit I think someone described it as yesterday and that's what, the President is actively considering that entire toolkit and will make some decisions based on the kinds of policies that would have the maximum effect. And again the result that we're trying to get to here is an end to the violence on both sides, conversations between the opposition and the government about a unity government that could be formed, about a technical government that would reflect the will and aspirations of the Ukrainian people." Ukrainian MPs assembled in parliament for a vote, condemning the excessive force. They also called for the use of weapons against protesters to be banned, and for troops to be withdrawn. The foreign ministers of France, Poland and Germany have held hours of discussions with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition to find a solution. The protests erupted in November when Yanukovych rejected a landmark trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia. The demonstrations spread across Ukraine, with protesters demanding snap elections. And no end to the tense stand-off is in activists rebuild the barricades at Independence Square a precaution against any further police attacks.

EU imposes Ukraine sanctions

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 - 01:58

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