MAD VLAD: Russian Troops Invade Eastern Ukraine, Europe Imposes New Sanctions

The world reacted Tuesday morning after Russian troops violated international law and entered two regions of Eastern Ukraine: Unleashing harsh sanctions and economic restrictions against Vladimir Putin’s regime.

“Today, the U.K. is sanctioning the following five Russian banks: Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, promsvyazbank and the Black Sea Bank,” British PM Boris Johnson told Parliament. “And we are sanctioning three very high net worth individuals: Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg, and Igor Rotenberg.”

“Any assets they hold in the U.K. will be frozen, the individuals concerned will be banned from travelling here, and we will prohibit all U.K. individuals and entities from having any dealings with them,” Johnson added.

“It sends a clear message that the U.K. will use our economic heft to inflict pain on Russia and degrade their strategic interests,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said. “And we are prepared to go much further if Russia does not pull back from the brink. We will curtail the ability of the Russian state and Russian companies to raise funds in our markets, prohibit a range of high tech exports, and further isolate Russian banks from the global economy.”

Germany suspended operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a pivotal piece of infrastructure that sends Russian natural gas into the heart of Europe.

“We have been in close consultations with Germany overnight and welcome their announcement,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted. “We will be following up with our own measures today.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.