Submitted by ub on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:34

Following the downing of the Malaysia airliner, US and European Union leaders have approved a new economic hit against Vladimir Putin, and targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

These moves bring increasing pressure on the Russian president to end his country’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, whom the West blames for taking down the passenger jet nearly two weeks ago.

European leaders were not sure they wanted to increase pressure on Russia, but made an about face after a surface-to-air missile brought down the passenger jet, which killed nearly 300 people, including 200 Europeans.

Putin will have to do more than come up with photo ops to repair his profile: