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EU readies new Russia sanctions, says Ukraine conflict puts Europe at risk of war

Published on Aug 31, 2014 12:20 AM
 
Ukrainian troops stop cars at a checkpoint as people flee the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region amid fears of an offensive by pro-Russian militants on August 30, 2014. The European Union geared up a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia with warnings that the escalating conflict in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of war. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union geared up a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating conflict in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of war.

Fears of a wider confrontation spiralled after allegations that Russia has sent troops and weapons across the border to help a bloody new counter-offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited Brussels to plead his case for a firm response, before the EU's 28 leaders were to hold talks on the worsening situation.

The latest rebel push in a conflict that has claimed nearly 2,600 lives has wrested several key towns in southeastern Ukraine from Kiev's control in recent days.

 
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