EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

An armed supporter of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk on December 16, 2014 among destroyed houses in DonetskThe European Union’s foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to drop or ease its sanctions on Russia. Federica Mogherini told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during her first visit to the war-torn country since her August appointment that Brussels intended to “walk hand-in-hand” with Kiev. “We discussed the way in which the European Union — keeping its unity, which has been there and will continue to be there — can support the implementation in full and on all points the Minsk agreement,” she said in reference to Ukraine’s shaky peace deal with Russian-backed rebels.

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