WASHINGTON — As the
“It's deeply concerning to see the Russian troop buildup along the border,”
"It creates the potential for incidents, for instability,'' he continued. "It's likely that what they're trying to do is intimidate the Ukrainians. It's possible that they're preparing to move in."
Blinken defended the sanctions implemented so far. "What we're seeing every single day is Russia getting more and more isolated and its economy taking a bigger and bigger hit," he said.
"We need him to understand that the sanctions that we put in place could have a significant impact on his economy," she told CBS' "Face the Nation" from Kiev, Ukraine's capital, after meeting with Ukrainian officials.
"He's a bully, and bullies only understand when we punch them in the nose," she said.
“There are things that we can do that I think we’re not doing,” he told
"We need to be a little bit tougher with Putin, or he is going to continue to take territory to fulfill what he believes is rightfully Russia," he said, speaking from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Ukrainians "don't want U.S. boots on the ground. Neither do I," Rogers said.
A House-passed package of up to $1 billion in loan guarantees is before the Senate. Durbin, however, expressed concern about the aid becoming bogged down by partisan fights unrelated to the crisis.
"Let's not have political intrigue on Capitol Hill undermining our support and our declaration that we stand behind Ukraine," he said.
Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea after Russian troops crossed into the peninsula and voters there backed secession from Ukraine in a widely criticized referendum.