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EU ministers still hoping for a negotiated end with Moscow to the Ukraine crisis

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton talks with journalists as she arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, April 14, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet Monday to discuss the crisis in Syria and Ukraine and hold an in-depth exchange on Bosnia and Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton talks with journalists as she arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, April 14, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet Monday to discuss the crisis in Syria and Ukraine and hold an in-depth exchange on Bosnia and Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

European Union foreign ministers are deploring what they say is more Russian interference in Ukraine, but hoping an end to the crisis can still be peacefully negotiated.

The 28 ministers, meeting Monday in Luxembourg, could add more names to a list of Russian officials whose assets in EU member nations have been frozen. But a dramatic ratcheting up of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia isn't expected.

Frans Timmermans, the Dutch foreign minister, told reporters: "I think it would be too early today. But I think we need to be well prepared."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the well-coordinated actions of armed pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine during the previous 48 hours left no real doubt "this is something that is being planned and brought about by Russia."