European Union leaders may expand sanctions if Russia doesn't agree to join negotiations for implementing a peace plan put forth by Ukraine's president on June 20th.
EU leaders met in Brussels on Friday and urged the Russians to help find ways to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
The EU is also demanding that Russia consent to the creation of a system to verify a ceasefire under the observation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attended the EU summit and told reporters that the EU need not introduce sanctions for the sake of sanctions. He emphasized the need for dialogue and expressed his hope that a ceasefire will hold.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled that he wants to de-escalate the conflict. He said on Friday that what's most important is to guarantee a long-term ceasefire as a precondition for meaningful talks between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists.
Jun. 27, 2014 - Updated 17:32 UTC