EU demands Russia to immediately withdraw mandate of Federation Council to use force on Ukrainian soil
The Council of the European Union has condemned actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine and demanded Russia to immediately withdraw the mandate of the Federation Council to use force on Ukrainian soil.
These provisions have been adopted by the EU Council after discussion of the Ukrainian crisis in Luxembourg on Monday.
The Council reiterated its strong support for Ukraine's unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and called upon Russia "to do likewise."
"For this Russia should call back its troops from the Ukrainian border and immediately withdraw the mandate of the Federation Council to use force on Ukrainian soil. Any threat or use of force against Ukraine or any other countries is not acceptable and must stop immediately," reads the provision.
Besides, the Council decided to expand the list of those subject to asset freeze and visa ban.
The EU also called on all parties to keep utmost restraint and commends the Ukrainian authorities "for pursuing their law and order operations in a measured manner" and encourages the government in Kyiv to contribute further to reducing tensions.
"The European Union condemns actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine. These attempts at destabilizing Ukraine must come to an end. The Council calls on all parties to engage in a dialogue in view of a peaceful solution," the document said.