"We express our concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. We condemn the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on 24 January 2015. We note evidence of continued and growing support given to the separatists by Russia, which underlines Russia's responsibility. We urge Russia to condemn the separatists' actions and to implement the Minsk agreements," the statement reads.
"We recall the European Council conclusions of 18 December 2014, where we said that "the EU will stay the course" and that we are "ready to take further steps if necessary." In view of the worsening situation we ask the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council to assess the situation and to consider any appropriate action, in particular on further restrictive measures, aiming at a swift and comprehensive implementation of Minsk agreements.
"We will be seized of the situation at our next meeting," the statement concludes.
Earlier, it was reported that new sanctions against Russia should not be expected before the EU summit, which will take place on Feb. 12.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that at an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on Jan. 29 will discuss the issue of tightening sanctions against Russia, and all countries are determined to do it.
As reported, Mogherini is convening an emergency meeting of the Council of EU foreign ministers on the situation in Ukraine on Thursday, Jan. 29th.