SWIFTLY Escalating

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy is showing his fire and gaining support by standing his ground, responding to efforts to evacuate him from the country with “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Ukrainians are showing their strength and courage too, braving explosions and gunfire to escape. Many are taking firearms the government is freely offering and fighting for their homes, lives, communities, and country.

The world is getting a true picture of how brave and steadfast Ukrainians are. On the other side, Putin is charging forward to fight the “Nazis” in Ukraine. (Who somehow are successful in a country ruled by a Jewish president????)

No one wants World War III, so the sanctions are continuing from the West. They called in the big guns Sunday, blocking (some) Russian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

SWIFT is the primary way countries around the world pay each other, so Russian exports will be severely disrupted or stopped. There are, of course, other slower ways for payments to happen like fax machines and phone calls, but this kind of switch will take time. These sanctions will hurt throughout the world, but they will very directly affect Russia’s economy. Will it be enough?

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