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EU and US announce sanctions after Moscow recognizes Donetsk and Luhansk

EU and US announce sanctions after Moscow recognizes Donetsk and Luhansk

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The European Union will accept sanctions against those responsible for Russia’s recognition of the independence of the “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. This was stated by European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel in a joint statement on Monday evening. The United States has also announced sanctions.

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In a joint tweet, leaders of European companies have already described the recognition as a violation of international law. In their statement, Van der Leyen and Michael said the EU would “respond with sanctions against those involved in this illegal activity.”

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Possible Western sanctions against Russia in the event of a breach of Ukraine’s regional integrity have been under discussion for months. Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the independence of Ukraine’s two separatist regions, the European Union is ready to implement its words.

“The Union,” Van der Leyen and Michael, “repeatedly reiterates their unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.”

The United States also decided to act quickly with sanctions. White House spokesman Jen Psi said on Monday that US President Joe Biden would issue the order soon. These activities are related to the investments or trade of persons from the United States with Donetsk and Luhansk.

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