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Mar 6, 2014 11:32 AM by Associated Press

US imposes visa restrictions, prepares sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Russia may soon be feeling some heat from the West, for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Obama administration today slapped new visa restrictions on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukrainian government. And the White House says there will be financial sanctions targeting those who it says are "most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine."

Officials say the penalties will be significantly worse if Russia presses into other areas of eastern Ukraine.

The House this afternoon is expected to approve the first U.S. aid measure for Ukraine's new pro-Western government. It provides loan guarantees to the government in Kiev that came to power last month. Both chambers of Congress are looking to move ahead with legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on the Russian government.

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