WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday ratcheted up its punishment of Russia for what it called continuing provocations in Ukraine, even as it acknowledged that new economic sanctions are unlikely to bring an immediate change in Russian behavior.
The measures froze the assets of seven Russian individuals and 17 companies associated with them, and prohibited U.S. dealings with them. All were identified as closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The administration also announced new restrictions on Russia's import of U.S. goods deemed to contribute to its "military capabilities."
The European Union said it would expand its sanctions list to include 15 more individuals.
Violence in Ukraine: The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back Monday as tensions soared in Ukraine's volatile east. Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, underwent surgery and was reported to be in "grave but stable" condition.