As Ukraine Ceasefire Holds, US and EU Push New Russia Sanctions

Obama Cites 'Russia's Illegal Actions in Ukraine'

The Russian-brokered ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding, much to the chagrin of western nations looking to use the ongoing war as an excuse to spark a new cold war. Not to worry, though, they’re going to keep trying.

President Obama announced today a round of new sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors aimed at punishing them for “Russia’s illegal actions in Ukraine.” President Obama blamed Russia for the war, and the administration hasn’t seemed too happy with the peace either.

The European Union, which had announced sanctions earlier this week but delayed them because of the ceasefire, announced they’re going to implement them Friday, whether the ceasefire collapses or not.

President Obama spoke of the potential for the sanctions to be rolled back if Russia complies with the very non-specific Western demands, but the implementation of new sanctions after Russia effectively took the helm to end the Ukraine War they’ve been harping about suggests that, whatever happens in the weeks and months to come, the West will find excuses to continue the sanctions war.

Author: Jason Ditz

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