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US levels Crimea sanctions as Ukraine battles separatism

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The United States slapped sanctions Friday on seven architects of Crimea's split from Ukraine as the ex-Soviet country struggled to stamp out another insurgency by pro-Russian separatists. 

Leaders of pro-Russian activists arrive for a press conference inside the secret services building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 11, 2014

The new Treasury sanctions escalated the tit-for-tat row between Russia and the West over Ukraine after Moscow threatened to cut off gas supplies to its neighbour unless it settled its unpaid bills -- a move that could wreak economic havoc on European countries that source gas from Ukraine.

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