Nightly News   |  April 28, 2014

Putin Remains Defiant in Face of New US Sanctions

President Obama has said he doesn’t aim to target Putin himself, but Monday’s sanctions do include several members of Putin’s inner circle.

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>>> world leaders including president obama have unleashed new sanctions on russia taking aim at powerful figures and businesses linked to vladimir putin 's inner circle . with military action deemed all but impossible, this is instead about using money to apply press sure. our report from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell .

>> reporter: so far, russia isn't backing down. strong men went after supporters of kiev government and shooting a mayor in the back. he was injured seriously but survived. hit again with sanctions, valid mi -- vladimir putin . after pressure on european leaders like oil giant pb. today president obama said he does not want to target putin himself.

>> the goal here is not to go after mr. putin personally. the goal is to change his calculous.

>> reporter: but those sanctions today do include sop who could be helping putin hide his fortune east mistimated to be in the billions. still, putin has not pulled back troops from the boarder. i asked the secretary what would happen next. what is the trigger point? would the u.s. move without european allies if russia invades?

>> the actions taken today means the situation has got considerably more worrisome and trouble some. we have many more steps we can take and are prepared to take them.

>> reporter: a news force was held for three days.

>> one had a machete and one had a shotgun. they were pointing it and saying let's shoot him here right now.

>> reporter: a russian group is holding seven international monitors. president obama said he doesn't know whether today's sanctions will change putin 's behavior, brian?

>> andrea, thanks.