US and EU Strengthen Economic Pressure on Russia

Published 07/30 2014 01:24PM

Updated 07/30 2014 01:37PM

Western powers bring sanctions against Russia, blaming President Vladimir Putin for the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine.
Andrew Spencer reports that fighting continues to keep international teams from reaching the site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, the crash of which killed nearly 300 people.
Violence is still stopping investigators from reaching the crashed aircraft.
A spokesman for investigators in the area says, they made it almost to the crash site, but the bombing and shelling was still extremely heavy in the area.
It's been nearly 2 weeks since a suspected surface-to-air missile took down Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Officials say there could still be human remains among the debris.
International observers have reached the site before, but those teams didn't include the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened. Those investigators, along with a dozen Australian experts -- haven't seen the wreckage for themselves.
Investigators say, "Every day that goes by is another day lost in terms of possible loss of human remains and of really crucial evidence."
The US and the European Union accuse Russia of training and arming rebels in eastern Ukraine and perpetuating the crisis there.
President Obama announced, Tuesday, the US and the European Union would enforce new sanctions against Russia.
President Obama said, "What it is is a very specific issue related to Russia's unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path."
Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Adviser emphasised how America was not acting alone, and stated:
"It wasn't just the United States moving. The European Union moved in a strong way as well. That's what we have been pressing them to do for several days now."
 ABC News reports that the sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly.

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