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Russia “Punishes” Ukraine With “Make Believe” Sanctions


On 1 November 2018, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed sanctions against prominent figures in Ukraine. 

322 Ukrainians are on the list of Russian sanctions, which are widely receiving scorn and derision. For the most part, they are sanctioning people with no business, family or other connections to Russia, making them “make believe sanctions”.

Most Ukrainian leaders are believed to have already cut financial ties with Russia, furthering the notion these sanctions are a meaningless gesture.

Here are some good examples of the resulting propaganda that gives the Ukrainians an opportunity to ridicule them on a large scale.

The sanctions list was signed the day following Putin announcing Russia was amenable to taking steps to support and defend Russian compatriots in Ukraine.

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