Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the attack on Mariupol

I condemn today's attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. I extend my condolences to the families of those who were killed and to Ukraine.

This attack by the Russia-backed separatists, together with their announcement of a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine, is highly concerning. They run counter to all commitments made and undermine efforts to find a solution to the crisis.

Together with its European Union partners, Sweden expects Russia to immediately stop its support to the separatists and use all its influence to prevent continued fighting. Further escalation would lead to a further grave deterioration of relations between the EU and Russia.