WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is evaluating all options, including possible U.S. sanctions, against the Ukraine, where government security forces are cracking down against demonstrators.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki would not say what types of punitive sanctions the U.S. was considering.
In the past, the U.S. has imposed asset freezes and travel bans on senior officials in oppressive governments.
Western diplomats have increased their pressure on the Ukrainian president to seek a solution to the tensions that have paralyzed the economically troubled nation of 46 million.
Opposition leaders on Wednesday rejected the president's offer of talks, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.