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Ukraine Latest: Lagarde Says Putin ‘Driven by Evil Forces’

Ukrainian soldiers on a frontline position in Zaporizhzhia oblast, Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers on a frontline position in Zaporizhzhia oblast, Ukraine.

Photographer: Carl Court/Getty Images

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European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said Russian President Vladimir Putin “must be driven by evil forces,” but that his invasion of Ukraine had united the Ukrainian people, NATO and Europe. 

Russia’s central bank cited the inflationary impact of the Kremlin’s recent call-up of reservists to fight against Ukraine in pausing its run of six consecutive interest rate cuts.