Richard Balmforth and Aleksandar Vasovic
April 21, 2014
An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was
faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign
of surrendering government buildings they have seized.
U.S. and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and
impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of
government buildings they have occupied across swathes of eastern
Ukraine over the past two weeks.
Washington, which signed last week’s accord along with Moscow, Kiev
and the European Union, held open the possibility of slapping sanctions
on Russian President Vladimir Putin personally, but suggested no such
step would be taken soon.