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EU set to vote sanctions against Ukraine

'Imminent', Bonino says as scores killed in Kiev

20 February, 18:39
EU set to vote sanctions against Ukraine (ANSA) - Brussels, February 20 - European Union foreign ministers on Thursday were set to approve sanctions against Ukraine after days of clashes that have left scores of protesters dead in the worst violence since President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a pending EU association agreement in favor of a Russian loan bailout and closer ties with Russia in November.

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, who on Wednesday warned Ukraine was on the brink of civil war, said in a break from the ongoing foreign ministers' meeting that the sanctions, whose approval was "imminent", would include freezing the assets of those guilty of violence as well as denying them visas to travel to the EU.

She said visas would be made available, on the other hand, "for the wounded, members of civil society and dissidents".

Sources said a list of names from both sides would be drawn up Friday.

Bloody clashes in the capital Kiev on Wednesday left 28 protesters, seven policemen and a civilian bystander dead, with 335 injured. On Thursday 70 more protesters were killed and about 2,000 injured. The Italian foreign ministry said Thursday it would summon Ukraine's ambassador to Rome, Yevhen Perelygin, for talks on Friday. He will speak to Foreign Undersecretary Marta Dassù.