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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has galvanized the U.S., U.K. and European Union to unleash a slew of sanctions meant to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government and pressure him to pull his forces back.

But some officials from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration are now privately expressing concern that rather than dissuading the Kremlin as intended, the penalties are instead exacerbating inflation, worsening food insecurity and punishing ordinary Russians more than Putin or his allies.

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