More sanctions expected against Russia

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Diplomats said the European Union agreed to add 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list.

Pro-Russian separatists declared an independent "Luhansk People's Republic" Sunday as they continued to occupy state buildings.

UKRAINE (NBC) - More international sanctions are expected against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Diplomats said the European Union agreed to add 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list.

The decision still requires formal approval from the EU's national governments, but that is expected soon.

Meanwhile, unrest in Ukraine continued.

Pro-Russia separatists seized a police headquarters and government administration building in a town in Eastern Ukraine, called Kostyantynivka, Monday.

The town is located near Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, where armed separatists and Ukrainian security forces have clashed.

The office of the mayor of Kharkiv, Hennady Kernes, said he had been shot in the back and was undergoing surgery.

Pro-Russian separatists declared an independent "Luhansk People's Republic" Sunday as they continued to occupy state buildings.

A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian security service said the country was "taking measures" to secure the release of people being held by pro-Russia separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

She said 40 people were being held in Slovyansk including OSCE mission representatives.

She also said security officials had evidence of direct Russian involvement in the crisis in Eastern Ukraine and said a separatist in Slovyansk was a member of the Russian intelligence services.

During a meeting with regional lawmakers Monday, Russia's President said his country would find ways to replace any defense industry imports lost due to the crisis with Ukraine.

Meanwhile, senior EU diplomats held emergency talks in Brussels in an effort to prepare for moving toward a phase of broader economic sanctions against Russia.

Speaking in Paris, Britain's finance minister said EU countries should expect further sanctions against Russia would impact their economies.

He added it was a price worth paying for upholding international law.


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