"A high level donor coordination meeting on Ukraine will be held in Brussels July 8, the European Council statement said."
Brussels, June 27 - European Union (EU) leaders have set June 30 as the deadline for steps taken by relevant parties to improve the situation and contribute to a lasting ceasefire in east Ukraine.

A European Council statement issued here Friday said the steps include agreeing on a verification mechanism for the ceasefire and for the effective control of the border, Xinhua reported.

Also among the steps expected by the EU leaders are the return to the Ukrainian authorities of three border checkpoints, release of hostages, including all the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observers as well as negotiations for the implementation of the peace plan proposed by the Ukrainian president.

The EU warned of further restrictive measures on the basis of assessment of the situation, noting that the member states have been preparing such sanctions from March so that they can be put into effect without delay.

According to the statement, the heads of state and government of the EU countries regret that the current ceasefire has not led to the full cessation of military hostilities.

They urged Russia to actively use its influence over the illegally armed groups and to stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border.

The EU leaders reaffirmed their support to the peace plan announced by Ukraine and committed to support the economic stabilisation process in the country.

A high level donor coordination meeting on Ukraine will be held in Brussels July 8, the European Council statement said.

Earlier Friday, the EU and Ukraine signed an association agreement to deepen political and economic ties even as Russia warned of grave consequences following the deal.


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