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Tusk: European Council meeting to discuss Ukraine

November 16, 2014

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Council’s president-elect says the Ukraine conflict will be discussed at a meeting next month, referring to it as a war.

Donald Tusk, who starts his new job on Dec. 1, says Ukraine will be a top theme of the first European Council meeting he will host on Dec. 18-19 in Brussels.

Tusk, a Polish former prime minister, says “we should say it openly: ... we are dealing with a war” in eastern Ukraine.

He said Sunday he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin was made aware at the G-20 summit this weekend that the “atmosphere in Europe and in the world around Russia is getting worse and worse at a very dramatic pace.”

Russia is backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine after annexing the Crimean Peninsula in March.

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