EU's Top Diplomat Travels To Ukraine As Anniversary Of Crimea Takeover Looms

A view of the House of Government of the Russian Federation and the World Trade Center in Krasnaya Presnya

The presidential election in Russian Federation this month offers a new chance to make progress on the Minsk peace deal to end the crisis in Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, ruling out lifting sanctions before tangible progress. "They continue to apply to 150 persons and 38 entities", TASS cited the statement as saying.

The measures consist of asset freezes and travel restrictions.

The Council of the European Union has chose to roll-over the measures - consisting of asset freezes and travel restrictions applying to 150 people and 38 entities - until 15 September this year.

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday there was "no fatigue" on the part of the EU towards Ukraine, as demonstrated by its extension of sanctions on Russian Federation and financial aid for Kiev.

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Ukraine has been wracked by conflict since March 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea after an illegal independence vote.

In 2014, crisis in the eastern Ukraine and Crimea's reunification with Russia following a referendum prompted the European Union to introduce anti-Russian sanctions.

In Ukraine, Mogherini is set to address the situation on the ground and the implementation of the Minsk accords - Western-backed cease-fire and peace deals signed in September 2014 and February 2015, and several additional agreements to cease hostilities.

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