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U.S. Levies "Mother of All Sanctions" Against Russia with Broad Bipartisan Support in the Senate

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On Thursday, February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. Since the initial invasion, Russian advances have stalled thanks to stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces. Ukrainians have mounted a fierce resistance, partly thanks to the American and European supplied weapons and small arms as well as Ukrainians making home-made bombs to defend their freedom and homeland.

Russia has shifted his approach and is bombing major cities, including Kiev, killing thousands of civilians and injuring many more. Russia is targeting medical centers, most recently bombing a children's hospital and maternity ward in Mariupol. Refugees shelter in Odessa as locals prepare for Russian siege.

The United Response

In a brilliant display of diplomacy, the United States and their allies have worked hand and hand over the last few weeks to uniformly and methodically impose new sanctions against Russia. Behind this new rise in American global leadership, Russia is feeling the effects. The rouble has collapsed. Some of the countries brightest minds are leaving in protest to the war.

Here you can find an up-to-date list of Sanctions by Countries and the Actions by Companies and Organisations.

United at Home

On this side of the Pacific, the United States seems more united than it has in the last two decades. Leaders on both side of the aisle have come together in their condemnation of Russian aggression against a democracy and free country.

Sen. Marco Rubio stated that “There’s a tremendous amount of interest in it for a variety of reasons, so to the extent we can provide that information in detail, I think it’s important just to rally support for Ukraine here in America.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said “What President Putin did as a ruthless thug is just invade — invaded another sovereign country and killed thousands of innocent people.”

Sen. Mitt Romney commented on the spread of Russian disinformation and fake news saying, that there are people in the US who are "parroting false Russian propaganda" and that their actions and "treasonous lies may well cost lives".

Everyday Americans are also united in the fight against Russia. According to a a recent Quinnipiac University poll, "More than 8 in 10 Americans (81 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of Vladimir Putin, 4 percent have a favorable opinion, and 12 percent haven't heard enough about him."

Read More about the latest Ukrainian news

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Russia is staging an invasion of neighboring Ukraine as a part of a massive power grab against the West.

Americans are putting their foot down and taking strong action to send Russia's President Vladimir Putin a message.

Under encouragement from the Biden Administration, the US Senate is on the verge of passing "the mother of all sanctions" against Russia. The sanctions are led by Republican, James Risch of Wisconsin, and Democrat, Bob Menendez of New York. The sanctions will be passed with sweeping bipartisan support in the United States Senate, bringing the United States together over shared values and support of democracy and freedom.

Russian armored vehicles move along a highway in Crimea in January 2022. Courtesy: AP News.

These massive economic sanctions will undercut the economic interests of the most significant Russian banks, crippling the Russian economy, and attack Russia sovereign debt. They will even include sanctions directly against Putin himself. These are sanctions beyond any that we have ever levied before.

Together, the American people are sending a message across the world. There will be no appeasement of Russia–and Putin's agenda to spread fear, dictatorship, and communism will not be tolerated.

As events escalate, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv urged American citizens in Ukraine to consider departing now, saying that the security situation in the country was "unpredictable due to the increased threat of Russian military action."



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