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Movements for Peace over Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin (edition.cnn.com)

On February 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin directed an invasion into Ukraine to block Ukraine from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Due to this invasion, Ukraine suffered the devastating damage of at least 57 deaths and 169 injuries on the first day of invasion alone. Western countries imposed various national sanctions on Russia to oppose Russia’s attacks and protect Ukraine. On February 28th, the United States (U.S.) immediately enforced sanctions to completely block transactions with the Central Bank of Russia, the Russian National Wealth Fund, and the Russian Treasury. Through these sanctions, the U.S. froze all assets of the Central Bank of Russia in the U.S. and strongly restricted Russia from accessing them. On March 2nd, the European Union (EU) also imposed sanctions to expel seven Russian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). Seven excluded banks now have limited access to the international financial market, and this restriction became the most extensive sanctions package in EU history. With Western countries’ strong responses, global movements to keep world peace have continued as countries including the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Japan participated in the sanctions. In the 2022 State of the Union Address held on March 1st, U.S. President Joe Biden criticized Putin for making the wrong choice and stressed that “The free world is holding him accountable.”

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