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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 935,335; Tuesday, 935,991.
The United States and the European Union moved with speed on Monday to sanction Russia following President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinZelensky rules out ceding territory to Russia in late-night address to Ukraine US ambassador to UN calls Putin’s peacekeeping forces ‘nonsense’ US relocates Ukraine embassy staff to Poland MORE’s theatrical, televised decision to violate international law to claim two separatist regions of eastern Ukraine as independent (The Associated Press). Russian troops immediately crossed into Ukraine on Putin’s orders to “recognize” the two territories (The New York Times).
President BidenJoe BidenUS ambassador to UN calls Putin’s peacekeeping forces ‘nonsense’ US relocates Ukraine embassy staff to Poland UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting at request of Ukraine MORE quickly issued an executive order that bars investment, trade and financial transactions with the two regions. The president spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky following a meeting with his national security team at the White House and discussed the situation with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBiden blocks investment, trade in areas of Ukraine recognized as independent by Putin German chancellor condemns Putin plans to recognize breakaway regions in Ukraine Sullivan: Russia planning ‘extremely violent’ operation to ‘crush’ Ukraine MORE and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who have spoken with Putin in recent days as part of intense U.S.-NATO diplomatic efforts to try to avert Russia’s aggression against its democratic neighbor, a nation of 44 million people (The Hill).
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