Putin dismisses West’s “stupid” sanctionsPosted by Thomas Bush / June 18, 2022
Microsoft is scaling down operations in Russia. Marriott has suspended operations in Russia entirely, saying that the sanctions make it too hard to operate. Starbucks is also closing 130 locations across Russia, joining other major corporations including McDonald and the German industrial giant Siemens.
Vladimir Putin’s $989 million megayacht has been seized in Italy. In terms of such seizures, Chuck Schumer said that the United States will sell seized Russian oligarch’s assets to benefit the Ukrainian war effort.
The Queen of Spain has included traditional sausages and a victory message alongside a shipment of grenades meant to help the Ukrainian war effort. And, despite initially refusing to do so, Germany has changed course and is sending anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine. In fact, more and more countries have begun sending heavy weapons to Ukraine, including Belgium and the United Kingdom.
American startup companies are donating drones to Ukraine over fear of Chinese drones being sent to the country. Ukrainian President Zelensky has expressed relief that allies are finally sending the weapons they were promised.
The United States is set to start training Ukrainians in operating howitzer artillery According to Karl Nehammer, the Chancellor of Austria and who spoke with Putin, reported that Putin believes he i s winning the war.
The Swiss have frozen $8 billion in Russian assets to punish the invasion of Ukraine.
New United States sanctions against Russia include Putin’s adult children. The sanctions come following accusations of war crimes. As Russians retreat from Ukrainian cities, more and more innocent civilians are being found dead. The first round of accusations were made by the European Union, which claimed that Russian troops killed 300 civilians in Ukrainian town of Bucha. As a result, the United States is considering further sanctions against Russia.
Biden has condemned Putin in harsh, personal terms, saying, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” He emphasized, however, that he is not condemning the Russian people. The Kremlin lashed back, saying Biden has no authority to decide who is in power in Russia.
NATO has brought together 30,000 troops and 50 warships in Norway amid the rising tensions in the region4