U.S. readies financial sanctions against Ukraine

Members of various anti-government paramilitary groups gather at Independence Square during a show of force in Kiev, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest leaders if violence escalates in the political crisis gripping Ukraine, congressional aides said on Wednesday.

Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified by name because of the sensitive subject, said they had discussed the sanction preparations with administration officials.

They said final details of the package have not been worked out, but it could be put in place quickly against government officials – or leaders of the protest movement – in case of widespread violence.



We have more important issues within our own unsecured borders than to interfere in Ukrainian affairs. Our nation was intended to be neutral in foreign affairs that did not impact us. And yet we have Libya, Egypt and Syria failures attributable to this pResident.

David DeGerolamo

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