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(CNN) - The White House announced new economic sanctions against Russia today, accusing Moscow of continuing to support pro-Russian separatists in neighboring Ukraine. The European Union also imposed their own new round of sanctions, warning that Russia will "find itself increasingly isolated by its own actions."
Russian President Vladimir Putin denies backing the rebels, or any involvement in the shooting down of flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. But it's not like Putin's KGB background inspired a wellspring of trust in the US when he took power.
Even so, Putin's image wasn't always this negative.
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.