White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki predicted Wednesday that there will be more scenes of carnage like Bucha and noted that no one should be under the illusion that the Kremlin's goals have changed, despite the retreat of Russian forces from Northern Ukraine.
"Their goal remains weakening Ukraine as much as possible. And we should be under no illusion that that objective hasn't changed even as their tactics have changed," Psaki told CNN's MJ Lee at the White House on Wednesday.
Psaki also said that the US sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin's two recognized adult children, Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, because the government has seen attempts to stash money with them.
"We've seen attempts and efforts to stash assets in the accounts and resources of his children," Psaki said.
Psaki also addressed the impacts of US sanctions.
"What we do know is that because of the impact of the economic sanctions, including the ones we have taken today, and steps we've taken over the course of time, we have seen an unquestionable, significant impact. on Russia's economy," Psaki said.
She added: "Russia is set to lose its status as a major economy. And our objective is to implement those consequences to make it much more difficult for President Putin to fund the war. And we're seeing the direct impacts of that already."