WASHINGTON – President Biden is expected to announce harsh new sanctions on Tuesday aimed at punishing Russia for what his top aides call the start of an invasion of Ukraine. , joined a series of similar announcements by European leaders.
Mr. Biden is scheduled to speak Tuesday afternoon from the East Room of the White House less than a day after Russian President Vladimir V. Putin issued an executive order sending troops into two separatist-held areas in Ukraine. Russia’s parliament authorized the use of military force abroad on Tuesday, taking another step toward what Western officials fear could be an all-out assault on Ukraine.
The White House and world leaders condemned the move, calling it a clear violation of Ukraine’s borders.
But as a tough global response took shape, Mr. Biden and his counterparts struggled to balance the need to take swift and draconian action while maintaining the ability to take action. greater sanctions against Russia if Mr. Putin escalates the conflict by trying to take it all. country – a war that could kill tens of thousands of people.
On Tuesday, Germany announced that it would stop certifying the natural gas pipeline linking it to Russia. The UK government has said it will punish members of Russia’s parliament who voted to recognize the independence of the breakaway regions and will create legislation to ensure that no British individual or company can do business in the country. business with the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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Tensions between regions are growing and Russian President Putin is increasingly willing to take on geopolitical risks and assert his demands.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament on Tuesday: “This is the first wave, the first wave of what we are going to do.
In the United States, Jon Finer, Mr. Biden’s deputy national security adviser, said that Russian forces had already begun entering Ukraine, declaring on CNN that “an invasion is an invasion and that’s it. what is being done”. However, he and Mr Johnson also share a similar sentiment, saying that “we always envision waves of sanctions that will unfold over time in response to the steps Russia actually takes”.
Two European officials said on Tuesday that Russia had sent troops to the region, but the Russian Foreign Ministry denied this.
Putin remains firmly in the face of worldwide condemnation for his decision to recognize the independence of the two People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, created after Russia broke out a separatist war in eastern Ukraine in December. year 2014.
In what sounded like an ultimatum, he demanded that Ukraine recognize Russia’s claim to Crimea and give up its advanced weapons.
Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said that Ukraine has gathered 60,000 troops to attack Russian-backed separatist enclaves in the east of the country – a step Ukraine denies it has any plans to take.
“Negotiations have reached a dead end,” Pankov said in a televised address. “Ukrainian leadership has followed the path of violence and bloodshed.”
There was no immediate sign of a major military escalation in eastern Ukraine, but frightened Ukrainians boarded buses leaving the separatist regions as Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, called for the nation to be seen as a “keep a cool head” during the crisis.
Mr. Zelensky insisted that Ukraine would not give in to territory and that his Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, appeared to be sending his country’s army into the war.
“Ahead will be a difficult test,” Reznikov said in a sad message released by the army. “There will be losses. You will have to go through the pain and overcome the fear and despair.”
A day earlier, Mr. Putin gave a long and fiery speech describing Ukraine as part of Russia, calling the government in Kyiv more than a “puppet” of the United States and its leaders complete. fully responsible for whatever “bloodshed” may occur next.
“To those arrested and holding power in Kyiv,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian capital, “we ask them to immediately stop their military actions.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/22/world/europe/biden-russia-sanctions.html Biden is expected to announce new sanctions on Russia by word of mouth