By Justin Sink - 03/17/14 11:31 AM EDT
President Obama on Monday announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in Ukraine and said the United States stands ready to impose further punishment in the days ahead.
The president on Monday ordered sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials following Sunday’s secession referendum in Crimea, a vote he said was “a clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution and international law.”
“We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine,” Obama said. “We're making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.”