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EU holds Ukraine crisis talks amid calls for sanctions

Published on Feb 19, 2014 7:38 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has summoned the bloc's foreign ministers for emergency talks on Ukraine on Thursday amid strident calls across Europe for sanctions against Kiev.

As European Union leaders voiced outrage over the escalating violence in Ukraine, Ms Ashton said in a statement on Wednesday that the 28-nation bloc finally would consider sanctions against those deemed responsible.

"All possible options will be explored, including restrictive measures against those responsible for repression and human rights violations," she said in a statement.

Until the bloody upsurge in violence in Kiev on Tuesday which left at least 25 people dead, EU nations had resisted US calls for reprisal measures, preferring to keep channels of communication open with embattled President Viktor Yanukovych.

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