In the headlines
“This is the beginning of a Russian invasion,” said Joe Biden last night, countering Moscow’s narrative that the troops and tanks it has sent into Ukraine are merely “peacekeepers”. In London, oligarchs have begun “intense lobbying” of the Foreign Office to avoid being hit with personal sanctions, says The Daily Telegraph. Boris Johnson has so far frozen the UK assets of three billionaire Kremlin acolytes, and officials say they have drawn up a much longer list of Putin allies for the next round of sanctions. To make the Russian president listen, says Metro, “we’ll grab him by the roubles”. A “make friends with sharks” diving trip off the Bahamas ended in tears yesterday, after one of the guests was bitten on the arm by a shark.