“The designation of the separatists as terrorists under U.S. law is
overdue, and I call on the President to take this step immediately so we
significantly raise the costs for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin
for his violation of international norms and Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the
author of the letter, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, said.
The letter, in addition to Kirk, was also signed by 18 Republican
Senators, including John McCain, the Voice of America radio station
reported on Friday, Aug. 1.