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EU summit looks at boosting Kiev, punishing Russia

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, speaks with Cathrin Kahlweit, a correspondent at the Suddeutsche Zeitung, as he travels aboard a commercial flight from Kiev to Vienna, enroute to Brussels for a European People's Party summit, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Yatsenyuk has declared the recent violence as pro-Russian military forces took control of some military facilities in Crimea, showed the conflict has gone beyond the "political stage" of the Ukrainian dispute. (Photo By The Associated Press)
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, speaks with Cathrin Kahlweit, a correspondent at the Suddeutsche Zeitung, as he travels aboard a commercial flight from Kiev to Vienna, enroute to Brussels for a European People's Party summit, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Yatsenyuk has declared the recent violence as pro-Russian military forces took control of some military facilities in Crimea, showed the conflict has gone beyond the "political stage" of the Ukrainian dispute. (Photo By The Associated Press)
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 08:46 am
BRUSSELS — The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday the 28 nations need to bolster the new authorities in Ukraine with political commitments and economic aid.

Barroso said that the most urgent thing is to make sure a "credible, stable, viable, democratic, prosperous Ukraine" survives after President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia Feb. 21 and an interim government under prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was installed.

Yatsenyuk arrived in Brussels to sign a political agreement with EU leaders on Friday.

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