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U.S., EU levy sanctions on Russia, Ukraine officials over Crimea vote

U.S., EU levy sanctions on Russia, Ukraine officials over Crimea vote

WASHINGTON — In the most direct East-West confrontation since the Cold War, the White House and the European Union imposed sanctions against more than two dozen Russian and Ukrainian officials Monday and threatened more penalties if Moscow does not back down in Crimea.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree that recognized Crimea as "sovereign and independent" after Sunday's overwhelming vote there in favor of secession from Ukraine.

Legislators in Crimea on Monday declared the region independent of Ukraine and set a course to formally join Russia: They adopted the Russian ruble as the official currency and began to nationalize assets of...

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