France warns Russia of Mariupol attack as rebels say artillery pullback underway

France has told to Russia that an attack by rebels on the city of Mariupol would bring with it a new set of consequences. But pro-Russian separatists have said they’ve begun pulling heavy weapons back from the frontline.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that Europe would consider increased sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict if pro-Russian separatist rebels launched an attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

“We’ve told the Russians clearly that if there was a separatist attack in the direction of Mariupol, things would be drastically altered, including in terms of sanctions,” Fabius said on France’s Info radio.
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