US President Barack Obama has said Russia's actions in Ukraine "are hurting the Russian people":
"Russia’s actions in Ukraine are weakening Russia. Russia’s actions in Ukraine are hurting the Russian people." —President Obama
"We will not accept Russia’s occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea—or any part of Ukraine." —President Obama: http://t.co/b4tqL36eMn
"We must continue to stand united against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine." —President Obama: http://t.co/AGvpbNmCcC
Were the Russians -as Barack Obama claims - weighed down by sanctions, or where the Ukrainians looking to cut their losses?
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