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US Warns Russia on Ukraine

US Warns Russia Anew on Eastern Ukrainei
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Michael Bowman
April 13, 2014 7:39 PM
The United States says Russia appears to be employing the same tactics in eastern Ukraine that were used to seize and annex Crimea earlier this year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Obama administration says it stands ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated once again.
Michael Bowman
— The United States says Russia appears to be employing the same tactics in eastern Ukraine that were used to seize and annex Crimea earlier this year. The Obama administration says it stands ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated once again.
 
Gunbattles between Ukrainian special forces and pro-Russian militias constitute another escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian residents are agitating for autonomy from Kyiv.

“People of the southeast demand a referendum. It is the highest form of democracy and we want every voice of every citizen of Ukraine to be heard,” said she.
 
On Palm Sunday in Kyiv, Elena Sergeeva was among Christian worshippers who prayed for peace.
 
''We are very worried.  Ukraine must not be divided and, God willing, people will understand that we all are Ukrainians. We want a united east and west Ukraine,” said Sergeeva.
 
Russian officials insist they have no territorial designs on eastern Ukraine.  But the Obama administration sees the hidden hand of Moscow behind the escalating conflict.  U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke on this issue on ABC’s This Week.
 
“It has all the telltale signs of what we saw in Crimea.  It is professional, it is coordinated.  There is nothing grassroots-seeming about it,” said Power.

Even before the current escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine, some U.S. lawmakers urged the United States and Europe to take a stranger stand against Russian territorial expansion. Among them was Republican Senator Dan Coats:
 
"As I speak, anxieties are building that [Russian President] Vladimir Putin's first big bite out of Ukraine (Crimea) has not satisfied him, and he hungers for more… The lack of an effective, forceful response by the United States and by our allies, particularly our European allies, has given President Putin reason to expect that further aggression will not be punished,” said Coats
 
Ambassador Power disagrees.
 
“The Russian stock market has depreciated by 20 percent.  Investors are fleeing.  And that is just on the basis of the sanctions we have put in place up to this point.  The president (Barack Obama) has made clear that, depending on Russian behavior, sanctions against energy, banking, and mining could be on the table,” said Power.
 
Asked if she believes President Putin wants control of eastern Ukraine, Power said Moscow’s actions “give credence” to that conclusion - despite Russia’s insistence to the contrary.
 

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by: roger58 from: liverpool uk
April 14, 2014 7:36 AM
Is it now time to impose sanctions of the sort which were imposed on Iran, Russia is making the west look a laughing stock


by: Pro-K from: Earth-CA
April 14, 2014 4:23 AM
What is happening to Russia?

Russia has sheltered criminals of Askar Akaev (Kyrgyzstan), Edward Snowden (the USA), and Viktor Yanukovych (Ukraine).

At present time, Russia acts as an imperialistic not a democratic country. Russia occupied South Ossetia, Abkhazia, attacked Georgia, and here now occupied Crimea disorganizing Ukraine. Russia makes his friends as enemies. It is absurdity. Russia's mind is not clear. Those are dangerous actions for the security of Eurasian continent.


by: Doug from: WA state
April 14, 2014 3:16 AM
The U.S. will do absolutely nothing about the latest Russian invasion. While our gutless president sits in his oval office with his thumb up his back passage while clinging to his teddy bear, Russia will continue to encroach on Ukraine. No wonder Putin calls Obama "gutless little boy."


by: Jim from: WI
April 13, 2014 3:04 PM
Here again the American media promotes the lies of the global elite. The era of the Petro Dollar /Hegemony is ending, The politicians understand this and need a good excuse to sell to the American public who's dollar assets are about to become significantly devalued. The BRIC's nations will gradually abandon the dollar and the game is over. American standard of living will change dramatically. Who can trust any message coming out of Washington it is all manipulated lies. The entire world knows this, they only go along because they are paid with printed American dollars. When that ends these Nations will abandon any association with the untruthful American politicians. The Hegemony will soon be over.


by: Rome from: Renton,WA
April 13, 2014 2:19 PM
Obama thinks he's God he can go on any territory in the world but when Russia is trying to protect his own people it isn't OK hurry Obama get off ur presidential chair and worry about our country here. I checked everything and the international laws everything Putin is doing is legal but of course the media doesn't say about the cjechens and the terrorists on the Ukrainian soil that's hiding behind all the problems Obama brought help ur country first before u stick ur nose somewhere it doesn't belong Putin has not broken any international rules and laws with NATO the UN and the world. My opinion but may be Obama is the anti Christ can't wait the elections Obama's approval rate is so low give us the Americans the real numbers not the one u want to make up.


by: Miatadon from: California
April 13, 2014 2:16 PM
The US will be the one paying for more sanctions against Russia as the US dollar will be undermined. Russia has oil and gas; the US has a military machine which it can't even feed with fuel.

Read this:
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/09/us-world-coming-end-paul-craig-roberts/


by: Bob from: Canada
April 13, 2014 2:13 PM
I think the USA is just jealous that Russia is using their tactics of starting riots in order to instill regime change. And they're doing a good job. All the US can do is throw some minor financial and travel sanctions on a small handful of Russians.


by: JR from: VA
April 13, 2014 2:08 PM
The Russian are giving us the same medicine that we prescribed to the opposition of the former dictator Yanukovich, and now we are protesting and demanding the Russian not to do it. What a hypocrisy? We spent millions of tax payers dollars in Ukraine in changing the regime in this place, but we did absolutely nothing in Uganda and other african nations where millions of people were killed.

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