(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The drumbeat for more sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine continues to grow louder.

That’s on the heels of reports of heavy gunfire today at an airport in eastern Ukraine after the government sent in troops to re-take control of an airport in the hands of pro-Russian militiamen.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says while the U.S. is somewhat limited, Europe holds the key.

Murphy, who has made several trips to the region in recent months with fellow Senator John McCain, says President Vladimir Putin’s support would erode if Europe were to hit Russia where it hurts most–the economy.

He says Europe has to be convinced to issue banking and energy sanctions, which would cripple the economoy there.

The senator also says that could cause Putin to rethink his positions if his support began to erode if the russian economy tanked as a result.


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