Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared war on Ukraine, without even having to say the word.
We all knew that this was coming. The world knew. The global community. There was no hiding what the Kremlin’s intent was, and there was no real belief that any fiscal deterrents were going to work. Moscow is going to do whatever Moscow wants to do, consequences be damned.
And so, on Monday, Russia President Vladimir Putin declared, in a smarmy, matter-of-fact way, that certain regions of Ukraine were not Ukraine. Instead, he said that they were their own sovereign states, and just because he said so.
This had the United States responding swiftly.
The White House said Monday afternoon it was ready to respond immediately to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.Trending:
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would sign an executive order that will “prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic regions of Ukraine.”
“To be clear: these measures are separate from and would be in addition to the swift and severe economic measures we have been preparing in coordination with allies and partners should Russia further invade Ukraine,” Psaki wrote in a statement.Advertisement - story continues below
Psaki added that the Departments of State and Treasury will share additional details of the Biden administration’s actions shortly.
To make matters worse, (and more traditionally war-like), Putin then ordered Russian troops to enter these imaginary new countries for “peacekeeping” purposes.