Following the United States sanctions on Ukraine’s so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republics on February 21, US President Joe Biden has now announced a new set of fiscal and economic sanctions against Russia after their recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent and sovereign countries, deeming the deployment of Russian ‘peacekeeper’ troops into the region as the beginning of a Russian invasion.  It is more accurately called an occupation of Ukrainian territory previously invaded in 2014.

“He’s setting up a rationale to go further. This is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Biden said. “Who in the Lord’s name does Putin think gives him the right to declare new so-called countries on territory that belongs to his neighbors. This is a flagrant violation of international law and demands a firm response from the international community.”