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Russia's actions warrant more sanctions, EU chief says

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EU President Herman Van Rompuy said the flow of weapons from Russia into eastern Ukraine has warranted more sanctions. (Source: CBS) EU President Herman Van Rompuy said the flow of weapons from Russia into eastern Ukraine has warranted more sanctions. (Source: CBS)

BRUSSELS (CBS) – European Union President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday that further sanctions were brought against Russia due to the uninterrupted flow of weapons and military personnel across the border into Ukraine.

He said the Russian government had done little to de-escalate the insurgency in eastern Ukraine led by Russian separatists.

"The flow of weapons and personnel across the borders is uninterrupted and violence continues. There are still no substantial peace negotiations, and we also consider that the Russian side has not sufficiently used its influence on the separatists to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine," Van Rompuy said.

Van Rompuy also commented on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.

He called on both sides to protect civilians and broker a peace deal.

"We condemn the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. We deeply deplore the loss of innocent lives and the high number of wounded civilians in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli military operations, and are deeply concerned about the rapid and dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation," he said.

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