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EU leaders seek riposte to Russia

A Ukrainian serviceman sits on a tank while speaking on the phone inside a military camp in the Donetsk region, on August 29, 2014European Union leaders gather in Brussels Saturday to thrash out a response to Russia’s deeper involvement in war-torn Ukraine and to bring new faces to key EU posts. The 28 heads of state and government sit down for talks as accusations rain down on the Kremlin that Russian combat troops are fighting inside Ukraine, with fears growing that Europe may soon face a full-scale war on its eastern borders. It has only been five weeks since EU states toughened their sanctions against Russia, but with the West’s almost unanimous belief that Moscow is now a direct and hostile force inside Ukraine, the EU is under pressure to once again up the stakes. “Such behaviour cannot remain without consequences,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday amid the reports by NATO that “well over” a thousand Russian soldiers were waging war in Ukraine.

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