Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy [September 4, 2014]   [open pdf - 366KB]

"Congressional action has focused on providing assistance to the new Ukrainian government and supporting sanctions against Russia for its occupation of Crimea. On March 27, the Senate approved an amended version of H.R. 4152, which required the U.S. government to assist Ukraine to recover assets stolen by the previous regime through corruption; authorized $50 million in U.S. aid in FY2015 to help Ukraine carry out political and economic reforms; authorized $100 million in security assistance for Ukraine and other Central and Eastern European countries for FY2015-FY2017; and required the President to impose visa bans and asset seizures against persons in Ukraine and Russia who are responsible for violence or undermining the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine. The bill also 'encourages' the President to impose these sanctions on Russian figures responsible for corruption in Russia and requires an annual report by the Secretary of Defense on military and security developments involving the Russian Federation. On April 1, the House passed the Senate-amended version of H.R. 4152 by a vote of 378-34. On April 3, President Obama signed H.R. 4152 into law, as well as S. 2183, a related bill requiring Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty and Voice of America to increase broadcasting in eastern Ukraine, Crimea, and Moldova."

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