Since November 2013, citizens of Ukraine have been protesting against the government. Protests began in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, when the government rejected a plan to integrate with Europe.
Soon after, President Viktor Yanukovych went to Russia when he was forced out of Ukraine. Russian president, Vladimir Putin has since sent over military force in Ukraine and “Moscow has occupied the pro-Russian region of Crimea,” according to The Guardian.
The “crisis in Ukraine” is considered the worst unrest in the country since Ukraine’s independence. According to Kyiv Post, 100 people have died as a result of the riots between police and citizens and over one thousand people have been injured.
This has put the U.S at odds with Russia.
In an address on Monday, President Obama said that although there are strong ties that bind Ukraine and Russia, “the steps Russia has taken are a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and they are in violation of international law.”
President Obama said that he wanted to make it clear with Russia that, “if they continue on the trajectory that they are on, that we are examining a whole series of steps: economic, diplomatic, that will isolate Russia.”
At this point, the U.S has already approved a financial aid package to support Ukraine and has placed a visa ban as well as prohibited future trade with Russia.
Now Europe is warning to follow suit and aid in further isolating Russia.
“Russia is on the wrong side of history,” said President Obama in his address.
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