100 Dead in Ukraine as US and EU Move to Impose Sanctions
Sen. McCain works on sanctions after earlier discussions with ultra-nationalist Svoboda party
February 20, 2014
Senators John McCain and Chris Murphy are working with other members of Congress to get the United States more deeply involved in the internal affairs of Ukraine.
The move follows an escalation of violence in the country. Reports Thursday indicate 100 people have died and 500 were injured as gunfire erupted in Kiev’s Independence Square where anti-government demonstrations have taken place since November. CNN crews reported the gunfire erupted after protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces.
McCain and Murphy announced “targeted sanctions” aimed at the Ukrainian government. The Obama administration on Wednesday said it is blocking around 20 Ukrainian officials from entering the United States. It says they are linked to the government’s response to violence in Kiev.