EU sanctions will hit Russia hard

The stern sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU are a damaging blow to the country's oil and gas sector. But will economic pain induce Moscow to change its tack on the conflict with Ukraine?

LONDON -- In the 12 days since Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, Russia has played a double hand: talking tough on the horror while backing a rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine. On the world stage Vladimir Putin has decried an international tragedy; at home Russia is keeping a steady stream of ammunition flowing to the rebel soldiers in the Ukraine, with which it is closely tied. For three days, the violence has kept international investigators from the crash site. 


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