In a joint statement issued by the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, the three countries outlined plans to target Russian banks and high-ranking officials. Meanwhile, Germany has put a halt to a major Russian gas pipeline project.
The sanctions placed on Russia by a number of nations have been welcomed by Ukraine. According to US President Joe Biden, sanctions against Russia have begun.
Foreign Ministry representative to Australia in Kiev, Volodymyr Shalkivskyi, stated afterwards that Ukraine appreciated the penalties. As a “worst-case scenario,” a full-scale invasion, Shalkivskyi urged all of Ukraine’s foreign allies to step in and impose sanctions on Russia.
“The restrictions imposed by our allies are much appreciated. In order for the world community to form a united front, however, “At Sky News, he made the announcement in Canberra. It’s imperative that all of our international allies impose sanctions on Russia to avert a full-scale invasion,” he said.
As a result of Russia’s deployment of soldiers to the separatist territory of eastern Ukraine, a number of Western nations imposed further sanctions on Russia on Tuesday (22/2). As a result, the West has warned to go much farther if Moscow invades the Ukrainian territory in its entirety.
Russia’s banking and political elites will be the focus of US, EU, and British efforts. In the meanwhile, Germany halted a major Russian gas pipeline project.
Near the Ukrainian border, Russia is claimed to have gathered more than 150,000 troops. At a tiny airstrip in southern Belarus, which borders Ukraine, more than a hundred vehicles have been spotted in the last 24 hours on satellite images from the US corporation Maxar.
It appears that weeks of hard diplomacy have not yielded any beneficial outcomes. Tuesday’s scheduled discussions between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have been called off.
Biden remarked on Tuesday that Russia has recently revealed that it was digging up vast portions of Ukraine. Russia has begun its invasion. “This is the first step.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared in the early hours of Wednesday morning (23/22) that he is always open to diplomatic solutions. “Russia’s interests and the safety of citizens are a priority for us,” he stated as well, though.