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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine have not yet been implemented fully.
The EU has drawn up new measures against Russia over its actions in Ukraine but stopped short Monday of enforcing them right away. The new sanctions are expected to deepen earlier penalties targeting Russia's energy and arms sectors and tighten access to international loans.
Ambassadors from EU member countries were holding another meeting later Wednesday in Brussels on the sanctions.
Merkel told Germany's parliament it's important for peace plans drawn up by Ukraine and Russia to be put into effect and added that "a cease-fire and the release of prisoners are only two elements" of the plan.
Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that the situation in the war-torn east had changed dramatically since a truce was signed last week, with most Russian troops withdrawn.
But he again vowed that the separatist eastern regions, where the rebels have declared their own republics, would remain part of Ukraine, saying there was a "war for the independence and integrity" of the country.
"Ukraine will not make any concessions on issues of its territorial integrity," he told a cabinet meeting.
Despite the defiant tone from Poroshenko, a rebel leader insisted the separatists still intended to break away from Kiev's rule.
"We are not considering remaining part of Ukraine," Andrei Purgin, the deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told AFP in Moscow.
How do you know all the people in those regions want to split with Ukraine?
How many want to be independent?
How many wanted to become a part of Russia?
however, the point you missed is the fact both sides signed the agreement, but only one side is complying with it.
Those elections have been held in the past and the votes were defeated. Do you think the rebels in those areas will accept a vote that is administered by Kiev, as their Constitution requires? I ask because there is evidence the votes held thus far, in Crimea and the 2 regions, were fraudulent.
You guys are to focuses on specifics and not the big picture.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: Xcathdra
Americans didn't want to be part of British rule...
Donetsk & Lugansk don't want to be part of Ukrainian rule...
It's a civil War for independence & the people should get what they want... Not the government!
Where would the US be now if they never fought for independence...
But obviously due to Western interference, the US is the exception to the rule(pun intended!!!
Sanctions are interference before I'm harassed for saying so!
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
When the US had it's war of independence there was a migration to Canada by what was called at the time the Loyalist's .
…new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine have not yet been implemented fully.
once again its coming from the Pro Russian / Russian side. i really am not sure how the rebels can sign the document and then try and spin it to their favor.
originally posted by: TritonTaranis
For a minute there I thought she would sit Germany out of this and continue to allow the EU to be bullied by these communists
Perhaps when the gas gets turned of in Putins final tantrum we can expect the Russian federation to collapse in a heap just like the Soviet Union when they have no income other than selling vodka
originally posted by: Nikola014
a reply to: MrSpad
This is simply not correct.
You have absolutely zero proof to back up this claim with, I am absolutely certain that you base your opinion on what the BBC, Cnn have been saying. Your recent posts on this subject had become filled with more and more bs.
All that you can give us as a some half-proof is that there in fact people from all over the Ukraine and Russia going there and fighting in that war!