President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, far right, on stage after speaking on the importance of raising the minimum wage during an event at at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Obama traveled to Hartford, Conn., area to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage and then will travel to Boston for a pair of Democratic fundraising. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Obama authorized sanctions Thursday against unspecified individuals responsible for “undermining” stability in Ukraine, where Russian troops have occupied a southern region of the country.
The White House said Mr. Obama signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against “individuals and entitities responsible” for threatening peace, security and “territorial integrity” in Ukraine.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the action is intended as a “flexible tool” to allow the administration to sanction those most directly responsible for destabilizing the country, including Russia’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.