Russia-Ukraine Conflict: The Last 24 Hours

There has been significant movement on multiple fronts in regard to the impending war in Ukraine in the last 24 hours.

1600 Daily has condensed and contextualized the events for readers below.

Russia Legitimizes Separatist Territories:  Hours after signing decrees recognizing the independence of two separatist-held territories in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian military troops into the area on what he called a “peacekeeping” mission. While hesitant to say so publicly, for many countries this move represented the official beginning of the invasion and a cascade of condemnations followed.

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Putin Erases Minsk Agreement: The agreement was signed in 2015 as an end to the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine where separatists had taken control. However, it was never fully implemented and ceasefire violations were frequently reported. Still, it ended the worst fighting at the time. After signing the decrees Putin declared, “Of course, the Minsk agreements no longer exist. What is there to implement if we have recognized these two entities?”

Russia’s Government Authorizes Use of Armed Forces: Russia’s Federation Council, the upper chamber of its parliament, unanimously a resolution to give Putin use of the Russian armed forces outside the country in connection with the situation in the Donbas. Putin declined to give a specific timeline for the deployment of troops when asked. “It’s impossible to predict any specific outline of possible actions at all, it depends on the specific situation that is developing on the spot, on the ground what is called,” he said. Shortly after the resolution passed, Russia recalled its diplomatic staff from the embassy in Ukraine.

Global Sanctions Take Shape: Germany became the first country to make significant moves against Russia by suspending certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The US, UK, Ukraine, and several other EU countries have objected to the pipeline since its proposal. Oil prices neared $100 a barrel and the market dropped upon the announcement. The Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council tweeted in response: “German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has issued an order to halt the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Well. Welcome to the brave new world where Europeans are very soon going to pay €2.000 for 1.000 cubic meters of natural gas.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled the “first tranche” of British sanctions on Russia soon after. The UK will sanction five Russian banks and three “very high net worth” individuals. “We will continue to seek a diplomatic solution until the last possible moment,” Johnson said. “But we have to face the possibility that none of our messages has been heeded and that Putin is implacably determined to go further in subjugating and tormenting Ukraine.”

US President Joe Biden announced an initial series of sanctions Tuesday afternoon. Biden said in a statement, “As I said last week, defending freedom will have costs, for us as well and here at home. We need to be honest about that. But as we do this, I’m going to take robust action to make sure the pain of our sanctions is targeted at the Russian economy, not ours.” He detailed the sanctions as such:

  • “We’re implementing full blocking sanctions on two large Russian financial institutions: VEB and their military bank.”
  • “We’re implementing comprehensive sanctions on Russia’s sovereign debt. That means we’ve cut off Russia’s government from Western financing. It can no longer raise money from the West and can not trade in its new debt on our markets or European markets either.”
  • “We’ll also impose sanctions on Russia’s elites and their family members. They share in the corrupt gains of the Kremlin policies and should share in the pain as well.”

The EU Commission also proposed sanctions for its member states. The proposals would sanction 27 persons and entities including political figures, propagandists, military personnel and financial entities who the EU deems to be linked to “illegal activities” in the regions. There would also be sanctions for the 351 Russian lawmakers who voted for the recognition and the 11 who proposed it – and the installation of Russian troops. Member states will now debate and vote on the proposals.

We will continue to update the list of action taken against Russia as the situation develops.

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Jay
Jay
7 months ago

Putin is but the latest incarnation of Hitler and the personification of evil.

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
7 months ago
Reply to  Jay

Does that make Biden Chamberlain?

Jay
Jay
7 months ago

No, because Chamberlain and his family weren’t taking money from Poland. Biden is his own fool, not comparable to any other.

Bill
7 months ago

Indeed it does.

oldefarte
oldefarte
7 months ago

Well, give Putin credit. I got to see Russia in the immediate wake of the Soviet collapse and from then and for the next 10 or so years, Russia was a basket case. Thanks to Putin, it no longer is and has all the military might it needs to play out its pretensions to once again being a world power. Of course, it’s not Putin’s doing solely. Nope, Joe Biden had a big hand in this too. Russia is utterly dependent on its natural resource exports to survive and to finance these shows of force. Chief among those exports are oil and gas. Under Trump, while the USA remained the world’s LARGEST producer of oil and BOTH the LARGEST PRODUCER AND EXPORTER of natural gas, all the USA had to do was turn the faucet on and the Russian economy went back to babushka’s sellin’ eggs and cabbages on the streets. However, Old Joe has pretty much destroyed that bargaining chip. Heck, we can’t even meet our own needs, gas prices are skyrocketing and Biden’s had to beg both the Arabs AND the Russians to increase production in order to keep the USA running. We can’t very well shut down Russian oil when we need it and Putin knows that. He also knows that the situation Biden’s put the USA (and its resource dependent allies) in means that, other than gettin’ snippy, Joe Biden can’t do squat against Russia (and that’s not even counting the mess old Joe’s made of our military). Enjoy the mess the Dems brought you, you idiots. God knows, I’m not fighting another stupid war for you and neither are my children and grandchildren… As far as I’m concerned, Putin can also have Fairfax and Loudon counties along with Chicago, Frisco,LA, and NYC.

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
7 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

As long as Russian interest doesn’t conflict with China’s desire for world domination, Putin has a free hand.

William Petite
William Petite
7 months ago

Remember when Biden gave Putin the OK to take the east of Ukraine, for now that is what he has done. LOL. Western Europe with the United States could have made the world a little safer, if they wanted to. Europe is dependent on Russia oil and gas. The US could have been energy independent, and export it as well, Biden killed that in the beginning of his Administration. The climate changes all the time, every year we have 4 seasons, LOL there has been major changes in the climate from the beginning of recorded time, the Year Without the Sun, the Little Ice Age, Etc. They have been creating fear in the people for a long time, there is a reason for all that.

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
7 months ago
Reply to  William Petite

Are you saying that Russia and China aren’t green? WOKE? Oh my, how will the Polar Bears survive since their population has quadrupled.

Maria Pace
Maria Pace
7 months ago
Reply to  William Petite

IT ONLY HAPPENS BECAUSE GOD IS IN CHARGE.

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
7 months ago

How’s what Putin did different than what Saddam did I Kuwait? He claimed that Kuwait was part of Ira Since all the middle east countries were created by France and Great Britain, what to do? Align the free countries of the world and kick his ass out. Nukes complicates it for sure. The UN is out of the question since Russia and China have veto power, so they are useless as always. Remember, Biden backed down Corn Pop.

Gerry
Gerry
7 months ago

The pedophile couldn’t intimidate Mickey Mouse !!!!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
7 months ago

Coming WW3

Maria Pace
Maria Pace
7 months ago

TRY COMMUNISM IN CANADA, WITH ANOTHER DICTATOR RISING IN THE NORTH. ONE OF KLAUS SCHWAB’S BOYS.

Maria Pace
Maria Pace
7 months ago

TRULY I HAVE A DEEP FEELING THAT RUSSIA WILL NOT BE IN TOO MUCH OF A SOUP, AS JOE BIDEN THINKS. PUTIN IS PROBABLY GLAD TO SEE HIM GO, AND GET OUT OF HIS PRIVATE BUSINESS. THIS WHOLE SITUATION THOUGH STARTED BY BIDEN; ENDED BY PUTIN. GOOD FOR HIM.

Gerry
Gerry
7 months ago

This country at present can’t afford to pi** off Russia or China. biden and the democraps with “THEIR” Russian collusion(not Trump) and probably 75% of our politicians have vested interests in,dirty dealings or are owned by China.

sam
sam
7 months ago

You mean Biden read it off a teleprompter. The stupid old fool

wheatdog53
wheatdog53
7 months ago

Kinda reminds one of Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland and Austria prior to WWII.

Jawad
Jawad
7 months ago

Putin sez: ‘Sanctions, schmanctions…’

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