EU Barroso calls for sanctions against Ukraine as violence escalates

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Following the escalation of violence between anti-government protesters and riot police in Ukraine, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso called on EU member states on Wednesday to agree on “targeted” sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities.

“It was with shock and utter dismay that we have been watching developments over the last 24 hours in Ukraine. There are no circumstances that can legitimise or justify such scenes.” Barroso said.

Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kyiv square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. At least 22 people have lost their lives in less than 24 hours.

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