Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015

EU mulls arms embargo as violence escalates in Ukraine

Published on Feb 20, 2014 11:11 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union was mulling an arms embargo on Ukraine at a crisis meeting in Brussels on Thursday as three EU envoys held talks with the country's embattled leader in Kiev.

Describing the escalating violence in Kiev as "utterly unacceptable and indefensible", British Foreign Secretary William Hague stepped into the emergency meeting saying: "Helping to stop the violence is the immediate priority.

"There has to be an international response. That is why we will be discussing sanctions and measures," he added.

At least 60 protesters died from gunshot wounds in fresh clashes Thursday between thousands of demonstrators and heavily-armed riot police Kiev, according to an opposition medic, the deadliest day since protests against President Viktor Yanukovych first erupted three months ago.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!