US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia faces "more costs and consequences" if it continues to aid rebels in eastern Ukraine.
In a news conference at the White House, he said:
The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has repeatedly and deliberately violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see ...
As a result of the actions Russia has already taken, and the major sanctions we have imposed with our European and international partners, Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War ... This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.
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