Senior U.S. Diplomat Says Action Against Russia 'Starting to Bite'

Measures taken against Russia after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region are already "starting to bite," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said Wednesday.

Speaking at a security conference in Bratislava, Nuland said it was important that people in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk had a chance to cast ballots in a coming presidential vote.

"What is most important is that people of Donetsk and Luhansk get a chance to vote on May 25 and we will se what they have to say," she said.

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