Disinfo: Kyiv’s foreign partners inflame war in Donbas to keep sanctions against Russia


All these [reforms in Ukraine, such as decommunisation] are taking place under the blessing of the so-called “foreign partners” who need to continue the conflict in Ukraine in order to keep sanctions against the Russian Federation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that international sanctions against Russia are not justified.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of those economic restrictions to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements. The EU remains ready to reverse its decisions and reengage with Russia when it starts contributing actively and without ambiguities to finding a solution to the crisis.

See similar case claiming that Ukraine's Western protectors are inflaming war in Donbas and that European Council sanctions are irrational and unjustified.


  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, West, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Sanctions


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