The European Union agreed yesterday (20 February) to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse. At least 39 people were killed yesterday in central Kyiv, many by snipers or machine-gun fire. Three EU ministers are in Kyiv to help negotiate a peace plan.
As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kyiv including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets
At least 22 people have died in clashes between police and protestors in the Ukrainian capital Kiev after a truce broke down