Reports that Russia has opened a new front in the war in eastern Ukraine Thursday between pro-Russia separatists and the new government of President Petro Poroshenko have led to widespread condemnation.
U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters in Washington, said Russia’s actions are leaving it isolated from the international community.
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Obama said he spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and both leaders agreed Russia must face consequences for its actions.
“We agree — if there was ever any doubt — that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Obama said. “The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia.”
“Russia has repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territory of Ukraine,” he added.
Obama stopped short of calling it an invasion, and said that a military action from the West is not on the table.