President Obama Imposes Sanctions On Individuals Over Ukraine Crisis

Source: Michael Falcone / ABC News

President Obama has signed an executive order today imposing sanctions on individuals he said violate Ukrainian sovereignty or are “stealing the assets” of the Ukrainian people.

Obama told reporters at a White House briefing the sanctions were meant to “impose a cost” on Russia’s action in Crimea.

Obama emphasized that new visa restrictions the U.S. placed on those who are opposing the Ukraine government “continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea.”

“We took these steps in close coordination with our European allies,” said in a brief statement in the White House briefing room.

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