Feb. 20 - European Union officials and foreign ministers weigh sanctions against Ukraine for recent acts of violence. Nathan Frandino reports.
As protesters drag the dead and wounded from the front lines in Kiev, pressure is mounting for authorities to do anything to stop the violence. In Belgium, delegates and foreign ministers arrive at the European Union Council where they are debating sanctions against Ukrainian officials responsible for recent bloodshed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANISH FOREIGN MINISTER MARTIN LIDEGAARD SAYING: "My recommendations to the foreign ministers meeting today will be that we go for targeted measures, that we try to identify individuals who've got responsibility for what has happened over the last days, that we refuse access to the European Union, and also we go for economic sanctions for these individuals." In Ukraine, demonstrators are rebuilding barricades and reinforcing their lines after several days of violence left at least 50 people dead. In Russia, an ally of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a Foreign Ministry spokesman called threats of sanctions illegitimate. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH SAYING: "Continuing attempts to act as persistent outside mediators, to threaten with sanctions and other methods to influence the situation are inappropriate and won't lead to anything good but will rather increase resistance." As riot police await shifts in Kiev, parliament convenes for emergency session to discuss the crisis. But for now, it's a waiting game.