Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has called for an emergency meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels on Thursday 29 January 2015 to discuss further potential sanctions against the Russian Federation following the recent increase in violence in Ukraine.
On 24 January 2015, an attack by separatist rebels in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol killed at least 30 civilians, with 107 injured. The escalation of violence prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on 26 January 2015.
The United States has also signalled that it is considering further sanctions against Russia. President Obama stated that the US is “deeply concerned about the latest break in the cease-fire and the aggression that these separatists – with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops – are conducting. And we will continue to take the approach that we’ve taken in the past, which is to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.” He added that the US will “look at all additional options that are available to us short of military confrontation and try to address this issue.”