A group of E.U. foreign ministers met with Yanukovych in Ukraine to discuss possible solutions, and other E.U. diplomats were to meet in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday to discuss the crisis. European diplomats have been discussing the possibility of sanctions against the Ukrainian government, which could include freezing assets and restricting the visas of officials deemed responsible for violence in that country, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, blamed protesters in Kiev for the unrest there. He said Thursday that efforts to carry out what he called a "violent coup" should stop.
Russia announced it is sending a mediator to Kiev at Yanukovych's request, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti said Thursday, citing a Kremlin spokesman.
“The violence should be stopped. And what is needed (is) the wisdom and responsibility from all the sides.”