US issues new sanctions against 7 Ukraine rebels
Economic penalties against separatists come as US sees new Russian troops massing on border
Associated Press
2014-06-20 11:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. has issued new sanctions against seven Ukraine separatists accused of stoking violence against their capital in Kiev.

Friday's action comes as U.S. officials point to new evidence that Russia is amassing new weapons and munitions closer to its border with Ukraine.

Russia had pulled back its troops from the border in recent weeks as negotiators from Moscow and Kiev began sketching out a peace plan.

The new sanctions freeze any assets that the separatists have in the United States, and prohibit any American firms or businesses from dealing with them.

The U.S. has already issued similar sanctions against Ukraine separatists and Russians.

The West has been threatening to hit Russia's economic sectors with tougher sanctions for what it has called Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.

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