US President Joe Biden announced “tough sanctions” against Russia after the start of a special military operation in the Donbass. Biden stated this in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to the White House website.
“Tomorrow I will meet with the leaders of the G7, and the United States, our allies and partners will impose tough sanctions on Russia. We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” Biden said.
He condemned the “Russian military attack on Ukraine” and called it “unprovoked and unjustified.” During the conversation with Zelensky, Biden told him about the steps the US would take to “attract international condemnation.” Zelensky asked the US president to call on world leaders to speak out against “President Putin’s aggression” and support the Ukrainians.
Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in the Donbass. Then CNN and Interfax reported explosions near major Ukrainian cities. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that they did not strike at Ukrainian cities.