The latest ultimatum came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko personally told the 28 presidents and PMs at a summit in Brussels on Saturday (30 August) that he is a hair’s breadth away from “full-scale war” with his neighbour.
The summit conclusions corroborated his claim that last week saw an open “aggression by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil”.
The conclusions tasked the European Commission to present new sanctions options “within a week” and said they will include “a provision on the basis of which every person and institution dealing with the separatist groups in the Donbass [east Ukraine] will be listed”.
They did not spell out what will prompt the EU decision, referring only to “the evolution of the situation on the ground”.
“There is no precise criterion”, EU Council chairman Herman Van Rompuy told press.
For her part, German chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Russian army’s incursion into Ukraine marks “a new step in the escalation”.