Russia Sanctions Said to Be Set for Renewal Amid Impasse

  • EU links lifting punitive measures to stalled Minsk peace plan
  • Even if truce holds, Donbas conflict is looking more permanent

Pro-Russian separatist soldiers stand on their tank as they drive along a road near the village of Kirovske, in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

Photographer: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

European Union nations are set to renew sanctions against Russia for six more months amid a stalemate in efforts to decisively end two years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between the army and Russian-backed rebels, six European officials said.

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