Power warns of more sanctions against Russia

 

United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power said Sunday that reported attacks by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukrainian cities over the past few days appear to be coordinated with the Russian government. If the clashes continue, the United States may increase sanctions she added.

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“Well, it has all the telltale signs of what we saw in Crimea," Power said on ABC's "This Week." "It's professional, it's coordinated, there's nothing grass-roots-seeming about it. The forces are doing in each of the six or seven cities that they've been active in exactly the same thing. So certainly it bears the telltale signs of Moscow's involvement."

Pro-Russian forces have overtaken government buildings and launched attacks on a handful of eastern Ukrainian cities in recent days, prompting Ukrainian officials to engage in an “anti-terrorist” campaign to respond. Power echoed prevailing suspicions that the Russian government is involved in the attacks.

She asserted that the sanctions already imposed on Russia have had a significant impact, noting that they’ve hit the country’s stock market and currency, and “investors are fleeing.”

“The president has made clear that, depending on Russian behavior, sectoral sanctions against energy, banking, mining could be on the table, and there's a lot in between,” Power said.

She added: “So, I think we've seen that the sanctions can bite. And if actions like the kind that we've seen over the last few days continue, you're going to see a ramping up of those sanctions.”