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U.S. and E.U. impose sanctions over Crimea

Mar 17, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The U.S. and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian and Ukraine officials in response to their actions that supported the referendum for Crimean separation. Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The European Union and United States have announced asset freezes and travel bans on a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine. The sanctions follow Sunday’s referendum in Crimea in which 97% of voters backed secession from Ukraine. Kiev, the United States, and the European Union regard the referendum as illegal and Monday’s sanctions are intended to target individuals seen as having played a key role in pushing the Crimea vote.

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