German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due later today in Kyiv for talks on resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine. He'll hold talks with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Russian agency TASS reports that Steinmeier is scheduled to fly on to Moscow later in the day to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for talks expected to focus on Ukraine.
The planned meetings come one day after EU governments moved to put more Ukrainian separatists under asset freezes and travel bans. But EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, took no action to step up economic sanctions on Russia despite voicing alarm about an upsurge of violence in eastern Ukraine.
EU foreign ministers asked officials to put forward names of an unspecified number of pro-Russian separatists to be added to the EU's sanctions list by the end of the month.