The United States plans to impose sanctions Friday on more than 500 targets involved in Russia's war in Ukraine, as Moscow claims fresh battlefield advances two years after its invasion.
Ukraine, grappling with hold-ups to much-needed Western military aid, has been pushed back from the front line in recent months.
As Western leaders gathered in Munich this weekend for the Munich Security Conference, warnings about Russian President Putin's possible next moves were mixed with Europe's growing concerns that it could soon be abandoned by the United States as aid to Ukraine is stalled in Congress and former President Trump casts doubts on America's commitment to NATO.
In a move signaling heightened tensions between Russia and the West, Reuters reports that Russia has officially withdrawn from a 1956 fishing agreement with Britain. The agreement, originally brokered by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, allowed British vessels access to lucrative fishing grounds in the Barents Sea and along the coast of the Kola Peninsula and Kolguev Island.