KYIV (QHA) -

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called for increased sanctions against Russia due to the deterioration of the situation in the Donbas, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betsa stated on his Twitter page.

“Deterioration of the situation in the Donbas: 66 shelling, the militants used the "Grads". Four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, two died. Sanctions should be strengthened,” she wrote.

QHA reported, the Council of the European Union imposed sanctions against five persons involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol. In turn, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that the topic of de-occupation of Crimea is one of the priorities in the EU.

Later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the introduction of sanctions by the European Union against persons involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea would be a signal to "all real collaborators".

QHA