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Germany, France summon Ukrainian ambassadors

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France have summoned the Ukrainian ambassadors in their capitals to express their concern about the violent crackdown against anti-government protesters in Kiev.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Friday the deaths of protesters in recent days "show how serious the situation is." French Foreign Minister Laurent said there was "condemnation from France" of the escalating situation in Ukraine.

Largely peaceful demonstrations against Ukraine's pro-Russian government turned violent this week after President Viktor Yanukovych pushed through harsh anti-protest laws. The EU so far hasn't decided upon any sanctions against Ukraine or its leadership. The United States has threatened to impose unspecified sanctions.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday the 28-nation bloc would "assess possible consequences" if the situation in Ukraine does not stabilize. Schaefer said Germany wasn't "excluding the possibility that the time will come when the question of sanctions will come up."

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