Samantha Power: Putin’s Actions ‘Give Credence’ to Idea that He Wants Eastern Ukraine

by Katherine Connell

Reacting to news breaking overnight of pro-Russian forces seizing government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that the unrest has “all the tell-tale signs of what we saw in Crimea.”

“It’s coordinated, there’s nothing grass-roots seeming about it,” she told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week.

“Do we believe that Vladimir Putin wants the eastern Ukraine?” Stephanopolous asked Power.

“Actions that he is undertaking certainly give credence to that idea,” Power said.

She added that if “actions like those that we’ve seen over the past few days continue,” the U.S. will consider a “ramping up of sanctions.”