This article addresses the issues related to the sanctions that the United States, along with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan and a few other countries have imposed on Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine.
We will highlight how the decision taken by Vladimir Putin risks plunging Russia into isolationism and into a cycle of impoverishment that could cause it to revert to the miserable levels it was at 30 years ago with the end of the Soviet Union. We will also try to perceive what geopolitical order is emerging and evaluate all these factors from the perspective of the Church’s social doctrine.
After months of Ukraine’s iron resistance, it is less and less surprising that the country is managing to resist valiantly and has dashed the prospect of a rapid victory by the Russians. The extinct Soviet Union, ruled by Leonid Brezhnev, found its Vietnam in Afghanistan. The Russian Federation under Putin seems to have repeated the mistake in invading this significant former Soviet republic.