Although Ukraine nonetheless faces lengthy odds in with the ability to fend off a far bigger Russian army, optimism nonetheless seems to reign amongst Ukrainian defenders. Initially of the battle, either side had been making ready for a swift Russian takeover that will necessitate a Ukrainian protection centered round small items and guerrilla warfare; as a substitute, Ukrainian forces proceed to inflict stunning harm on spread-out, under-supplied, and under-protected Russian attackers. And with every passing day, extra weapons are flooding into Ukrainian army palms.
The US at the moment introduced a ban on the importation of Russian oil. U.S. corporations do not import a lot Russian oil, to start with, however strain on European nations to comply with with their very own import bans may have monumental results, each inside and out of doors Russia. Fuel costs are anticipated to rise regardless of, as ordinary, a 12 months of staggering new income for American oil corporations.
Rising public strain—within the type of being publicly shamed within the pages of The Washington Submit—resulted in additional American corporations asserting that they, too, would droop enterprise in Russia slightly than assist Putin’s battle. The Republican Get together, in the meantime, continues to be struggling to discover a place that distances them sufficiently from Putin whereas nonetheless focusing most of their consideration on attacking their home political opponents. It has been robust going, and it reveals.
A few of at the moment’s developments: