The first of its kind Washington is moving to impose sanctions on Ukrainian separatists

In a one-of-a-kind move, as the Ukrainian crisis between the West and Russia intensifies, the United States prepares to impose financial sanctions on pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken is on his way in Europe to meet the Ukrainian leadership and its Russian counterpart in a diplomatic boost Washington hopes will discourage Russia from invading its neighbor, according to the American Wall Street Journal.

As pressure builds on the United States and its European allies to take swift action to discourage Russian escalation, US officials said the upcoming action against Ukrainian personnel rather than the Russian government highlights some of the reluctance of the Russian government. administration to face Moscow directly.

The United States and its allies hope in a diplomatic turn after four round talks last week failed to bridge the gap between Moscow and Western countries.

The new sanctions, which will freeze the assets of at least four people, could be announced as early as Thursday.

It will be the latest in a series of measures as part of an executive order signed by President Joe Biden last April aimed at punishing people linked to Russia’s external aggression.

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