Germany, Italy, Hungary a disgrace over sanctions, says Tusk

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and current leader of Poland's main opposition party, Civic Platform, said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was real, whereas the EU's retaliatory sanctions on Moscow were "pretended." Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The governments of Germany, Italy and Hungary have “disgraced themselves” by blocking EU sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Donald Tusk, the head of the European Parliament's European People's Party (EPP) grouping, tweeted on Friday.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and current leader of Poland's main opposition party, Civic Platform, said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was real, whereas the EU's retaliatory sanctions on Moscow were "pretended."

He blamed the three governments for blocking tougher sanctions.

"In this war everything is real: Putin’s madness and cruelty, Ukrainian victims, bombs falling on Kyiv. Only your sanctions are pretended. Those EU governments, which blocked tough decisions (i.a. Germany, Hungary, Italy) have disgraced themselves," Tusk wrote.

On Friday morning Ukraine's foreign minister said that Kyiv was under heavy Russian missile attacks.

Russia launched an all-out attack on Ukraine on Thursday morning, invading from the north, east and south as well as hitting targets inside the country in missile attacks and air raids.

At an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Thursday, the EU agreed to impose new sanctions on Russia's financial, energy and transport sectors, and to introduce export controls. The bloc will also blacklist more Russian nationals for their involvement in the attack on Ukraine and restrict its visa policy towards Russians.

The US, Canada and the United Kingdom also announced their own sets of tougher sanctions on Moscow earlier in the day.