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Russia-Ukraine war: Economic power is the West's best weapon against Putin

Russia's onslaught has been anticipated for months

Smoke rises from the territory of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's unit (Photo: Reuters)
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Smoke rises from the territory of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's unit (Photo: Reuters)

The Editors | Bloomberg Opinion
Vladimir Putin has done it. Ignoring near-universal condemnation, the Russian president has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, confirming the West’s worst fears. It’s an abominable act of unprovoked aggression that threatens global security and stability. The world’s response must be swift and exacting.
 
Putin’s actions reflect a willful disregard for international law and the lives of innocent people. They violate the basic principles underpinning the international system: that sovereign nations have the right to chart their own destiny and that borders cannot be changed by force. While being mindful of the risks of military escalation with a nuclear superpower,

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First Published: Feb 25 2022 | 8:12 AM IST

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