By Miriam Raftery
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Photo: President Joe Biden, center, says of the Ukrainian people, "You inspired the world.' Left, Vice President Kamala Harris, right, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
March 2, 2022 (Washington D.C.) –President Joe Biden drew bipartisan applause during his State of the Union speech last night, when he recognized the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. and asked those in the Capitol chamber to rise and show the world that, “We, the United States of America, stand with the Ukrainian people.”
Biden announced new, strenuous actions against Russia and key supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. These include:
- Closing off U.S. air space to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia;
- Ordering the U.S. Justice Department to form a task force to go after crimes committed by Russian oligarchs and “corrupt leaders” profiting off Putin’s regime;
- Plans to seize oligarchs’ assets including yachts, private jets and luxury homes
- Releasing 30 million gallons of oil from America’s strategic reserved, matched by an equal amount from other nations to help reduce gas prices without Russian oil.
These add to recently imposed sanctions including: