Regions of Ukraine are holding referendums on becoming a member of Russia in the intervening time and Ukraine has stated anybody who participates shall be accountable for a 5 yr jail sentence. The votes have been extensively characterised as a sham.
In any case, the votes shall be utilized by Russia to annex the areas. In flip, that can change Russia’s army stance in these areas as considered one of defending the nation. That may (ought to?) provoke extra brutal measures.
None of that’s new in the present day however the White House says it’s proposed to impose extra financial prices on Russia with allies if it strikes ahead.
I’m undecided what’s left to sanction that will not damage different international locations however there is a rising threat of secondary sanctions on oil and that may be an actual messy in power.