The U. S. State Department said on Thursday it was "deeply concerned" about a pattern of violence by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine targeting unarmed civilians of a European mission monitoring the conflict in region.
EU leaders have decided on Thursday (22 June) to roll over sanctions on Russia for another six months for intervening in east Ukraine. "Agreed. EU will extend economic sanctions against Russia for their lack of implementing the Minsk Agreement," European Council chief Donald Tusk tweeted during the summit of EU leaders in Brussels.
EU leaders agreed today to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months because Moscow has failed to meet its Ukraine ceasefire commitments, EU president Donald Tusk said.