Jul 29, 2014
By Jane Brown
At least 22 civilians in eastern Ukraine are said to have been killed in one day of shelling. The separatist strongholds of Donetsk, Luhansk and Horlivka have been hit.
The use of unguided rockets in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels has been taking a noticeably heavier toll in recent weeks and been criticized by rights groups. The U.N. says at least 1129 people were killed between mid-April, when fighting began, and July 26th.
European Union ambassadors are meeting today to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc’s sanctions against Russia for apparently backing pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Measures under discussion include limiting Russia’s access to European capital markets and halting trade in arms and dual-use and sensitive technologies.