Ukraine Deaths Stoke Sanction Calls

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April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Deadly shootouts in eastern Ukraine during the weekend led to renewed calls in the U.S. for economic sanctions against Russia as a diplomatic accord showed little sign of defusing the crisis. Peter Cook reports on Bloomberg Television's “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The vice president is arriving in ukraine.

He is the highest ranking official to arrive there to support -- show support.

On sunday, three people died in a shootout at a checkpoint in eastern ukraine.

Of both sides blaming the other for what happened here.

Questions about who was responsible in this incident.

You have pro-russian activists and military men and women still arming and still occupying eastern ukrainian cities in terms of their government facilities.

The republican from tennessee said unless the russians show a willingness to back down, it is time to turn up the heat in term of sanctions.

Unless they immediately begin to move the 40,000 troops on the border which are intimidating the people of the ukraine thomas i do believe we should be sanctioning some of the companies in the energy sector.

We should hit some of the large banks there.

We should beef up our security relationships with ukraine.

He was joined by top democrats as well.

They called for stepped-up sanctions against the russians.

There was no indication that they were backing down in any way over the weekend.

You also had for the first time news from last week that the u.s. treasury department has briefed asset managers in the u.s. about the prospects of more sanctions and preparing them for the possibility that that was coming.

What are the russians saying about the possibility that they could see more sanctions?

It would be a step back.

It would be counterproductive at this point.

They can withstand that pressure.

This is russia's ambassador to the nine states.

You cannot work with russia and try to achieve anything with us using the language of sanction.

The sanctions that have been introduced are significant.

It is russia.

We are very solid-state and well-developed.

We can withstand pressures.

The russians are acting defiantly in the face of the prospect of more sanctions.

What would it take for the united states in the eu to move forward.

How long will they try to let the geneva agreement take shape?

You also have members of congress headed to the region as well.

Thank you so much.

Moving and shaking this hour, tesla motors founder elon musk.

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