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Biden, Putin signal bigger confrontation ahead over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) – The East-West faceoff over Ukraine escalated dramatically, with Russian lawmakers authorizing President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside his country and United States (US) President Joe Biden and European leaders responding by slapping sanctions on Russian oligarchs and banks.

Both leaders signalled that an even bigger confrontation could lie ahead. Putin has yet to unleash the force of the 150,000 troops massed on three sides of Ukraine, while Biden held back on even tougher sanctions that could cause economic turmoil for Russia but said they would go ahead if there is further aggression.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin