US stiffens sanctions against Russia over Ukraine: US officials

Ukrainian servicemen stay on line during a minute of silence commemorating their dead friends in a headquaters of Ukrainian forces near Izyum, in the Kharkiv region, on July 16, 201 AFP PHOTO/ SERGEY BOBOK

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday significantly strengthened economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, targeting defense, financial and energy firms.

The US Treasury said that the measures, Washington's most punitive economic blow so far against the Russian economy, included sanctions against the giant oil firm Rosneft and Gazprombank.





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