Yesterday 29 January, the Foreign Affairs Council met in an extraordinary session to discuss the latest escalation of violence in Ukraine. It adopted a statement condemning the shelling of residential areas, especially in Mariupol, and the escalation of fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Sanctions against Russia, in particular travel bans and asset freezes targeting 132 persons and 28 entities, were extended until September. Agreement was also reached on an additional list of names, which could be targeted with sanctions when the Foreign Affairs Council meets on 9 February.
Greece, whose new Prime Minister earlier this week complained about not being asked before the EU threatened with tighter sanctions, also signed the statement.