|—||Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki in statement on lack of access at crash site of MH17|
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
"It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible. We urge all concerned — Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine — to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains." More.
A simple explanation of what sanctions are and the impact they are having on Russia. The actions by the Kremlin’s inner circle of government officials and oligarchs to destabilize Ukraine are affecting the entire economy. Sanctions are damaging Russia’s investment, its growth, its currency, and its interest rates. Check out the video here.
Moscow is subjecting Ukrainians, Russians and the rest of the world to an intense campaign of disinformation that tries to paint a dangerous and false picture of Ukraine’s legitimate government.
Check out Under Secretary Stengel’s blog on DipNote setting the record straight.
|—||Spokesperson Jen Psaki, April 28, 2014|
Why did the situation in Ukraine result in sanctions? Here’s an explanation.
Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine.
Russia Claims: Russia ordered a “partial drawdown” of troops from the Ukrainian border.
Fact: No evidence shows significant movement of Russian forces away from the Ukrainian border. One battalion is not enough. An estimated 35,000-40,000 Russian troops remain massed along the border, in addition to approximately 25,000 troops currently in Crimea.