The ultimate sanction is listing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Almost daily since Russia invaded Ukraine last week, the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia have tightened the grip of sanctions against Moscow. Yet even the devastating blows to the Russian state and its economy did not faze President Vladimir Putin as he launched a brutal overnight assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city.
“The Kharkiv attack is a war crime,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday. “It’s state terrorism of the Russian Federation.”