How the world punished Russia for invading Ukraine

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Since launching last week, President Vladimir Putin and his country have faced intense backlash from the world, ranging from sports and culture to crippling economic sanctions.

The backlash has even included countries thought to be in Putin’s orbit, as well as nations that have prized themselves for decades as being above the fray. Other states have taken unprecedented steps to deliver aid to Ukraine. And the reactions have come swiftly, surprising many observers unused to this level of international unity.

The punishments have already had a drastic impact on Russia’s economy, as the ruble collapsed in value.

Here’s a list of some of the reactions to Moscow’s attack.

European Union

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine during a meeting of the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building on February 27, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. (Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine during a meeting of the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building on February 27, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. (Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

The EU has taken comprehensive action against Russia for the invasion, to aid in the fight. The group is also freezing the assets of Putin and other Russian officials, as well as of the country’s foreign currency reserves. They are also targeting Belarus and its president Alexander Lukashenko, who allowed his country to be a military base for the assault.

On Saturday, the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and EU announced they were partially removing that handles billions in transactions daily. BP said it was exiting its $14 billion stake in the Russian state oil company Rosneft, . Additionally, the EU said that it would be banning Russia Today, Sputnik and their Russian state media affiliates from the airwaves so they will “.”

that they would be increasing their defense budget in response to the invasion, calling it a “a turning point in the history of our continent” and adding “it is clear that we need to invest significantly more in the security of our country.” Scholz had already announced last week that his country was halting certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, typically an ally of Putin, announced that his country against Russia. It’s a notable departure for Orban, afterward saying Russia’s security concerns were reasonable and sanctions against the nation were pointless and “doomed to failure.”

Hungary, which borders Ukraine, is also bracing for a flow of refugees fleeing the war.

United States

President Joe Biden takes questions after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House, giving an update on the situation of Russias Invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden takes questions after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House, giving an update on the situation of Russias Invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The U.S. has announced it was targeting Russia’s banks, oligarchs close to Putin and .

“Some of the most powerful impacts of our actions will come over time, as we squeeze Russia’s access to finance and technology for strategic sectors of its economy and degrade its industrial capacity for years to come,” .

“We’ll strike a blow to their ability to continue to modernize their military. It’ll degrade their space industry, including their space program. It’ll hurt their ability to build ships, reducing their ability to compete economically. And it will be a major hit to Putin’s long-term strategic ambitions,” Biden continued.

The U.S. has also been pushing other countries to take similarly harsh measures.

Switzerland

One of the latest and most notable reactions to the invasion is that Switzerland has chosen a side. On Monday, the famously neutral country and tax haven said it would adopt European Union sanctions against Moscow and freeze Russian assets located in the country’s banks. In addition, the government adopted sanctions specifically against President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“In view of Russia’s continuing military intervention in Ukraine, the Federal Council took the decision on February 28 to adopt the packages of sanctions imposed by the EU on February 23 and 25,” the government said in a statement.

Finland and Sweden considering NATO

Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto speaks to the press before an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Ukraine at the EU headquarters in Brussels on February 25, 2022. (Francois Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images)

Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto speaks to the press before an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Ukraine at the EU headquarters in Brussels on February 25, 2022. (Francois Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images)

The two nations that border Russia were threatened with “serious military-political consequences” by Moscow if they were to join NATO, but both of them brushed off the threats. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said “we’ve heard this before” and “don’t think that it calls for a military threat.” Finland’s 830-mile border with Russia is the longest of any European Union country.

“I want to be extremely clear. It is Sweden that itself and independently decides on our security policy line,” Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said in a statement, responding to Russian allegations that the U.S. and its allies were attempting to “drag” the nation into joining.

The development is significant as one of Russia’s chief stated aims before the war was preventing NATO’s eastward expansion towards its borders. Any growth in the military alliance would be a blow to the Kremlin’s underlying security interests in the region.

Asia

Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are among the nations to announce their support of Ukraine and condemnation of Russia. said they would join in freezing out Russia’s central bank and limiting exports, as well as pledging $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

“I told [Ukrainian President Voldodymyr Zelensky] that Japan is with Ukraine… and offered firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Kishida said.

it would also be blocking strategic exports — potentially including electronics, semiconductors, computers, information and communications, sensors and lasers, navigation and avionics, and marine and aerospace equipment — as well as helping to limit Russia’s access to the SWIFT system. Taiwan said it would be joining in the sanctions and that .

Airspace ban

A Russian-registered Antonov AN-124 is towed at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. Canada's airspace is closed to Russian-registered aircraft. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

A Russian-registered Antonov AN-124 is towed at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. Canada’s airspace is closed to Russian-registered aircraft. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Russian aircraft have been banned from flying over the entire European Union, a move taken over the weekend by all 27 countries.

“We are shutting down the EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “They won’t be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU. Including the private jets of oligarchs.”

on Sunday, with Minister of Transport Omar Alghabara saying , “All of Canada is united in its outrage of President Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.”

Eurovision

The annual song contest featuring representatives from across the region said that Russia would not be allowed to compete in the popular show, which can boast of over 180 million viewers. after a Ukrainian petition and general blowback to the competition’s initial decision to allow Russia to remain in the field.

“The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that no Russian act will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” said the organization in a statement. “The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.”

This year’s event is scheduled to be held in May in Turin, Italy. The rap group Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine.

Russian Grand Prix

Lando Norris during Day One of F1 Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 23, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Lando Norris during Day One of F1 Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 23, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Formula One scheduled for Sochi in September. After it was “watching the developments,” the association changed course last week, stating it was “impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.” Prior to the announcement, drivers were already stating they would boycott the contest.

“No, I would not have wanted to go,” . “Out of pure respect for what’s going on. There is no reason we should be able to live our lives normally and go and have a normal race in a country where those things are going on.”

Soccer

FIFA announced Monday , including removing them from the 2022 World Cup field. The move came a day after the organization issued much lighter sanctions against the nation, resulting in severe criticism that it did not go far enough.

Additionally, the title game of the Champions League soccer tournament was set to be held in St. Petersburg in May, but UEFA announced Friday that the event was moving to Paris after holding an “extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe.” The organization is also looking to end a massive , a state-owned Russian energy company.

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