The White House announced new sanctions Monday against seven Russian officials, a day after the Crimean region of Ukraine voted to join Russia. The sanctions include travel bans and freezing of assets.
President Obama delivered a statement on Ukraine Monday morning. He warned that the United States stands ready to impose further sanctions if necessary on Russia.
"We're going to stand firm on our unwavering support for Ukraine," Obama said.
USA TODAY Network lists five things to watch for as the situation progresses.
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1. If the European Union and United States will impose financial sanctions against the Russian economy. European foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels on Monday to discuss it.
2. Will Russian President Vladimir Putin announce that he supports the annexation of Crimea into Russia? Putin is to address both houses of the Russian parliament on Tuesday.
3. Whether cities in East Ukraine that have large pro-Russian populations will do as Crimea did and demand a referendum to become part of Russia.
4. If Russian troops massing along the border of East Ukraine will infiltrate Ukraine as Russian troops have done in Crimea.
5. What will the reaction be from the Ukraine government in Kiev? Will Kiev try to send troops to Crimea to turn back the insurgency, or to East Ukraine to blunt Russian influence there?