WASHINGTON — The United States government have imposed a new set of sanctions on the allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after pro-Russian rebels are seizing government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
Reuters reported that Russia called this one of several “Cold War” tactics, which involved the U.S. freezing assets of Putin’s allies and banning visas. This move was criticized in American circles as it was seen as a mere “slap on the wrist” in response to severe, pro-Russia aggression in Ukraine.
The pro-Russia militia took several German and other OSCE (also known as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) military observers and have held them for four days. More government buildings were seized in the eastern province close to the city of Donetsk. It also did not help that the Ukrainian mayor of Kharkiv was badly wounded by gunmen.
Seven men were targeted by the sanctions, in addition to 17 companies. The European Union also added 15 names to their blacklist and announced it this week.
U.S. President Barack Obama could only say:
“The goal is not to go after Mr. Putin personally…The goal is to change his calculus with respect to how the current actions that he’s engaging in Ukraine could have an adverse impact on the Russian economy over the long haul.”