World leaders hit back against Vladimir Putin for sending Russian troops into Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions after he recognised them as independent with tough economic sanctions and the deployment of additional soldiers to the nearby Baltic states.
U.S. President Joe Biden announced he was moving additional American troops, fighter jets and helicopters to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on NATO’s eastern flank as a defensive move and imposing heavy financial sanctions against Russian banks and oligarchs.
The UK and EU also responded with sanctions after Russian legislators authorised Putin to use military force outside the country, a move that could pave the way for a wider invasion of Ukraine after he rolled troops into rebel-held areas.
The unanimous vote in the upper house of…
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