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U.S. to Sanction Putin, Joining U.K. and EU in a Symbolic Step

  • Putin targeted as Russian forces close in on Ukraine capital
  • Previous sanctioned leaders include Kim Jong Un and Lukashenko
Vladimir Putin
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The U.S. joined the European Union and the U.K. in sanctioning Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister over the invasion of Ukraine, in a move that’s laden with symbolism but isn’t likely to hurt their wallets.

The asset freezes for Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were in an EU sanctions package adopted late Thursday by the bloc’s foreign affairs council, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics wrote on Twitter. The U.K. and the U.S. followed later in the day.