E.U. approves framework for Russia sanctions

Mar 12, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
YEVPATORIA, UKRAINE - MARCH 12: Youths hold a Crimean flag at a rally in support of the upcoming referendum on March 12, 2014 in Yevpatoria, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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European Union member states have reportedly agreed to sanctions on Russia, including travel bans and asset freezes for violations against Ukrainian sovereignty.  A seven page draft document obtained by Reuters describes restrictive measures against Moscow if it does not reverse course on Crimea.