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Ambassador: Sanctions must be "painful to Russians"

March 18th, 2014
03:21 PM ET

As the fallout from Crimea's Sunday referendum continues, Becky spoke to Volodymyr Khandogiy, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom. She asked him whether the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union go far enough.

Khandogiy said a lot more can be done.  According to him, two things are key to any actions that will make Russia take notice: "First of all they have to be effective and second of all they have to be painful to Russians."

He went on to say that there is more that can be done to help Ukraine. "Of course we will be happy to receive military technical assistance from our partners."  Khandogiy says that kind of help was the subject of recent talks between the Foreign Minister of Ukraine and the Secretary General of NATO.

Though Khandogiy says he doesn’t know Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations for certain, he says that one possible motive resonates the most with him – Putin's "perception that Ukraine does not deserve to be an independent state."

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Filed under:  Crimea • Europe • European Union • NATO • Russia • Ukraine • United Kingdom • United States
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