EU backs Ukraine peace drive, hawks urge no easing of sanctions

February 9, 2015 11:00 AM

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EU backs Ukraine peace drive, hawks urge no easing of sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers lined up behind a Franco-German effort to end the Ukraine war on Monday but some said the EU must maintain sanctions on Russia until the situation in eastern Ukraine improved.

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France have agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there.

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