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U.S. Readies New Sanctions against Russia, Aid for Ukraine
In response to President Obama signing legislation allowing additional sanctions on Russia and providing greater military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Freedom House released the following the statement:
"We commend the United States Congress and President Obama for their efforts to hold the government of President Putin accountable for its actions,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president. "The legislation reinforces the clear message that Russia's aggressive steps and continued impunity in the region will not be ignored. As Russia continues to violate the ceasefire agreement in Ukraine as well as its international treaty obligations, it is increasingly important for the international community to stand united in support of the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine."
Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014, and received a democracy score of 6.29 on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2014. Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.
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