U.S. plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday

Protesters in Kyiv call for sanctions against Russia.
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The United States intends to announce on Tuesday new sanctions against Russia, in response to Moscow sending forces to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, two breakaway regions of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday recognizing the areas as independent states. In response, Ukraine requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and at its conclusion, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed that the United States will impose sanctions against Russia "for this clear violation of international law and Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity. We can, will, and must stand united in our calls for Russia to withdraw its forces, return to the diplomatic table, and work toward peace."

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