New EU sanctions on Russia the only way forward after the horrors of Bucha
War crimes are now part of the conversation as EU says it will work ‘as a matter of urgency’ on new penalties
The EU said that work is under way on additional sanctions to penalise Russia for what appear to be war crimes in Ukraine, condemning “in the strongest possible terms” alleged atrocities committed against civilians.
In a statement on behalf of the 27-nation bloc, Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief foreign envoy, laid the blame for the “haunting images of large numbers of civilian casualties” at the feet of the occupying Russian forces, and said the EU will work on further sanctions “as a matter of urgency”.
Russia’s defence ministry called the pictures of the dead lying in the streets of newly liberated towns a “provocation” by Ukraine. Russia sought a UN Security Council meeting on Monday to air its grievances. ..