Russian-backed referendum in Ukraine’s east would trigger fresh sanctions, U.S. says

By Karen DeYoung, May 7, 2014

A Russian-backed referendum called for this weekend in eastern Ukraine could trigger new sanctions against Moscow, the Obama administration said Tuesday.

“If we have a separatist referendum that is recognized by Russia and results in Russian peacekeepers” moving into eastern Ukraine, “that will be a trigger,” Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s top diplomat for Europe, told a Senate hearing.

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