Nearly three months since Moscow’s full-scale invasion began, Ukraine continues to defiantly defend its territory. The West has supported Ukraine in this fight by providing military assistance and by lodging unprecedented sanctions on Russia. Sanctions, including restrictions on the Russian Central Bank and technology exports to Russia, have eaten into the Kremlin’s capacity to wage war. But sanctions can be made more effective. With more room to escalate punishment on Putin’s war chest and the Kremlin elites helping to sustain Putin’s system, what does Ukraine see as the best targets for the West to maintain economic pressure? How can the US and Europe better coordinate their sanctions regimes to make a difference in the war?
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak joined Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, to present a roadmap for the West on how to strengthen sanctions on Russia and weaken its ability to wage its war of aggression against Ukraine.
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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.