EU leaders urged Russia to halt its indiscriminate attacks on civilians and infrastructure, as well as to evacuate all of its troops and military equipment from Ukraine's entire territory within internationally recognized borders, immediately and unconditionally.
International humanitarian law, especially the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, should be properly respected, according to the leaders. They also demanded that Russia allow: prompt humanitarian access and the safe passage of all people in the area and safe return of Ukrainians deported to Russia
Prosecution of war crimes
The European Council praised all those who have helped gather evidence and investigate war crimes, and voiced its support for the work of the International Criminal Court's Prosecutor and Ukraine's Prosecutor General, who have been assisted by the EU and its member states.
In accordance with international law, Russia, Belarus, and all those involved will be held accountable for their conduct.
The establishment of a joint investigation team, overseen by Eurojust, and the continuous operational support given by Europol were welcomed by EU heads of state and government.
The European Council decided that the sixth round of sanctions on Russia will cover crude oil and petroleum products sent to EU member states. A limited exception will be given for crude oil delivered by pipeline. In the event of a supply interruption, emergency actions will be implemented to ensure supply security.
Leaders asked the European Union's Council to complete and implement the new measures as soon as possible to ensure:
- a well-functioning EU single market
- fair competition
- member-state solidarity
- solidarity among member states
- a fair playing field for phasing out the EU's reliance on Russian Hydrocarbons