Talk of EU sanctions after further riots in Kiev
Clashes on Wednesday between police and rioters in Ukraine have led to further bloodshed, making the current death count from the months of unrest 26.
The EU today has announced an emergency meeting with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland on Thursday to consider sanctions against the Ukraine government.
At a news conference, German chancellor Angela Merkel said that the EU was “side by side with the men and women who suffer” and others, such as the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso and French president François Hollande echoed the statement.
There was “complete consensus” among EU leaders for a need to introduce sanctions against the Ukraine government, according to the Polish deputy foreign minister Piotr Serafin. Many EU leaders believe the Ukraine government is to blame and have been equally vocal about their concerns.
In an interview with the BBC, a doctor treating wounded protesters in hospital said: “Police are coming into the hospitals and they are trying to take the wounded people to prison”.
This is coupled with the 14 protesters believed to be dead after continuous clashes since late November when president Yanukovych controversially rejected a trade deal with the EU in favour of improving ties with Russia in a move that split the country.