Sticker shock at the pump is worth cost of defeating Putin

Any way we can hit Russia's dictator, Vladimir Putin, the sooner his threat against Ukraine and beyond will end

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March 8, 2022 - 5:44 PM

Ukrainian volunteers help remove a dead civilian body, as Russian forces continue to besiege the residential neighborhood, in Irpin, Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

There’s sticker shock at the gas pump. Hold tight. And bite your tongue.

On Tuesday morning, two big decisions were announced that will likely send prices even higher in an effort to punish Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine and further isolate his regime.

First, President Joe Biden, supported by Republicans and Democrats, agreed to ban Russian imports of oil and natural gas, saying the ban targets the “main artery” of the Russian economy.

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