• Biden announced sanctions that will hit the Russian economy after Putin started an invasion of Ukraine.
  • Russia’s parliament gave Putin permission to use military force outside the country.
  • German chancellor says the government will ‘reassess’ certification of Nord Stream 2.

President Joe Biden said Russia’s actions in Ukraine will trigger massive sanctions, a response he has been threatening for weeks as President Vladimir Putin built up troops on Ukraine’s borders. He said the Russian leader had flagrantly violated international law. 

Putin on Tuesday received authorization from lawmakers to use Russian troops outside of the country, a move he said was necessary to formalize the military’s deployment in two rebel regions of eastern Ukraine. Russia recognized those provinces as independent on Monday, and Putin ordered troops there to “maintain peace.”

Biden described this as the start of an invasion.

“Russia just announced that he is carving out a big chunk of Ukraine,” Biden said. “He’s setting up a rationale to take more territory by force, in my view. This is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

And that served as the trigger for U.S. to impose sanctions. 

Biden says Russia “will pay an even steeper price” if continues aggressions.

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