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Putin Hits Ukraine’s Supporters Where It Hurts

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on board a train to Kyiv on June 16.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on board a train to Kyiv on June 16.

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The tightrope act of European leaders seeking to punish Russia for invading Ukraine without damaging their own economies too badly may have hit its limit.

Russia certainly sent a clear warning yesterday as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy visited Kyiv to throw their support behind Ukraine’s efforts to join the European Union, with Moscow immediately putting the squeeze on supplies of natural gas.