Congress to pass aid Ukraine, sanction Russia


WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is expected to send President Barack Obama a bill to aid cash-strapped Ukraine and punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea.

The bill, which is to clear the House Tuesday evening, also is aimed at stifling any further actions President Vladimir Putin might be contemplating in Ukraine or in the region.

The bill would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and impose more sanctions on Putin's inner circle and possibly Russian economic sectors. A separate bill would provide money to step up Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcasts to counter pro-Russian broadcasts in the area.

Obama has indicated that he will sign the measure.

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