Obama: Russia Has Failed to Take Steps to End the Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday about expanded sanctions targeting two banks, two energy companies, Ukraine separatists and defense companies.

Censor.NET reports about it, citing CNN. With the new sanctions, "what we are expecting is that theRussian leadership will see once again that its actions in Ukrainehave consequences, including a weakening economy, and increasingdiplomatic isolation," the President said.

"We have to see concrete actions, and not just words that Russiain fact is committed to trying to end this conflict along theRussia-Ukraine border," Obama told reporters at the WhiteHouse.

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The latest U.S.sanctions build on earlier steps by targeting two major Russianbanks -- Gazprom Bank and VEB -- and two energy companies --Novotek and Rosneft. They will not be able to get new medium- andlong-term financing in the United States, senior administrationofficials told reporters in a conference call.

In addition, the newsanctions freeze any U.S. assets and prohibit American businesscontacts for eight Russian arms companies that make weapons,including small arms, mortars and surface-to-air missiles. One ofthe eight is the Kalashnikov Concern, maker of the AK-47 and otherarms.

Also on the list:Four Russian government officials, including the minister ofCrimean affairs, along with the self-styled Luhansk People'sRepublic and Donetsk People's Republic leading the separatistcampaign in eastern Ukraine, and Aleksandr Borodai, theself-declared "prime minister" of the Donetsk group.

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