U.S. ramps up sanctions

Obama blacklists rich Putin pals, their bank

Posted: March 21, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.

Sailors raise a Russian navy flag aboard the Ukrainian naval vessel Lutsk after it was surrounded and seized by Russian forces Thursday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that he would expand sanctions against Russia, blacklisting wealthy individuals with ties to the government and a bank used by them, and opening the door to broader measures against Russian energy exports.


A child tugs his toy truck past pro-Russian soldiers Thursday outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Crimea. (By: VADIM GHIRDA) (Credit: AP)

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