February 25, 2022

IntelBrief: Biden Announces Severe Sanctions on Russia for Ukraine Invasion

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Bottom Line Up Front:

  • Yesterday, U.S. President Biden condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and announced a new tranche of sanctions that target Russian elites, top banks and state-owned enterprises, and technology exports to Russia.
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been met with wide international condemnation as Western countries work on a unified response to include severe economic sanctions and ensure NATO’s readiness.
  • Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russia’s operation would result in “consequences they have never seen,” a statement many observers considered a veiled nuclear threat.
  • Continued military operations are likely to result in a refugee and humanitarian crisis in Eastern Europe as Ukrainians flee to neighboring countries, especially Poland.