Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks

6 March 2014 (BBC News Europe) EU leaders are to begin an emergency summit to decide how strongly they should respond to Russia's troop deployment in Ukraine's Crimea region. Some members, particularly from Eastern Europe, press for tough sanctions, but others - led by Germany - stress mediation as way out of the crisis. The Brussels summit comes a day after high-level talks with Russia in Paris ended without significant progress. Pro-Russian forces are in de facto control of Crimea. A tense stand-off continued overnight across the southern region, where Ukrainian troops remain blockaded in their bases.
In other developments on Wednesday:
  • the UN special envoy in Crimea, Robert Serry, was forced to cut his mission short after he was threatened by pro-Russian armed men in Crimea's regional capital, Simferopol.
  • Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he would be conducting a "full review" of the alliance's co-operation with the Kremlin.
  • there were clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian protesters in the eastern city of Donetsk, with a number of people reported injured.
Russian troops and pro-Russian militia continue to blockade Ukrainian troops and ships across Crimea.

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