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United States issues sanctions against Russia after Crimea vote

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President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday imposing sanctions against Russian officials after Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.

Seven Russian government officials are named in the order. The U.S. also said the assets of other individuals who are not part of the government but are supporting them have been identified and targeted.

Four Ukrainians are facing sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department, including former President Viktor Yanukovych and two separatist leaders based in Crimea.

The United States' announcement came shortly after the European Union announced asset freezes and travel bans on 21 people. During a speech on Monday, President Obama announced more sanctions can be expected if Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine.

Crimean residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the split from Ukraine on Sunday.

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