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Ukraine crisis: US steps up sanctions on separatists

The US has imposed sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine, as the crisis there shows no sign of easing. The sanctions include asset freezes against seven pro-Russian leaders. The move was announced as Western leaders threatened additional sanctions against Russia, which they accuse of stoking tension in Ukraine. Both Russian and the separatists have rejected a unilateral ceasefire called by Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, amid discussion of a…