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EU Said to Extend Russia Sanctions as Ukraine Peace Elusive

A Ukrainian serviceman shoots on the front line in Opytne village, close to Donetsk airport on June 7, 2015.

A Ukrainian serviceman shoots on the front line in Opytne village, close to Donetsk airport on June 7, 2015.

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European Union governments struck a preliminary accord to extend sanctions against Russia by six months to the end of January, to keep up the pressure on the Kremlin to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.

Representatives of the 28 governments agreed on Wednesday in Brussels to prolong the trade and investment curbs, two EU officials said on condition of anonymity under EU media rules. Final confirmation of the move is due June 22, they said.