After all, Russia has imposed sanctions against Ukraine, they target 322 individuals and 68 legal entities. Among them are people’s deputies, businessmen, judges, officials from the Presidential Administration and even one political consultant. How “Ukrainians under sanction” themselves are commenting on it – in reactions from Opinion.
Well, sanctions are a fun thing, especially when they are imposed by the aggressor state, but let’s figure out who is proud of it, who is amazed, and for whom getting into the sanctions is another occasion for PR. So, the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko confessed that she wasn’t interested in these lists, but at the same time, she stressed that she is pleased to be in one list with decent (in most cases) people. At the same time, Gerashchenko says that a key task for her is to make everything possible to step up Ukrainian and foreign sanctions against the Russian Federation. Moreover, those politicians who didn’t get into the list should think: what do they do in our politics.
As for the enterprises under sanctions, which are actually mentioned less, Gerashchenko noted that Russia for a long time was waging a subversive economic war against Ukraine. The one that had begun during the presidency of Kuchma, and aggravated during Yushchenko’s presidency. Gerashchenko stresses that this is a hybrid war, a serious component of which is economic pressure. In general, the author of the post named these lists “Poroshenko’s list”.
However, the response of those who are under sanction was something similar and even positive. For example, an MP, Volodymyr Ariev, briefly emphasized that such actions of Russia are reminiscent of “skapegoating”. Moreover, the deputy himself is persona non grata in the Russian Federation since 2008. This is how it goes.
Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan didn’t mind being in the list. He even admits that he would be upset if he did not get to this list. Why? Because for Ukrainian to be a friend of Moscow is a shame. This way Kremlin itself acknowledged both Omelyan and many of his colleagues, people of a clear pro-Ukrainian, pro-Western, and simply the only normal politicians.
Volodymyr Viatrovych, chairman of the Institute of National Remembrance, in his turn, said that his appearance in the list is recognition of his struggle in the war against Russian aggression. Therefore, we will win. Mr. Volodymyr, did anyone doubt?
Many deputies in the sanction list – is a normal thing, it’s strange when there are a lot of political technologists. It turned out to be Oleksiy Holobutskyi, who recently commented on this very decision of Kremlin for our media.
However, not all surnames got there in a simple way. This was emphasized by a deputy Hanna Hopko. In her opinion, some of them were included in order to mask their ties with Kremlin, and for the others, it was a message. Hmm, let’s think, whom did they want to mask? Let’s help Stepan to find Yu… oh what am I doing.
Okay. I was going to keep this screenshot for dessert, but I couldn’t resist. If anything, I’m talking about Yulia Tymoshenko. She says that at Bankova they have some sort of mythological idea about her as a “Kremlin’s agent”. Oh, Ms. Yulia, do you want to be disappointed right now or we will wait for the next new course? Then everything is just classics, “Roshen” that is allegedly operating in Russia, a European state, the answer to Moscow and so on. Dear PR and SMM managers of Ms. Tymoshenko, please be a little more consistent. Because it’s impossible to have your pie and eat it… in short, slow down your new course.
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy is sure that Putin’s sanctions are evidence of incompetence and impotence of the Kremlin regime. So-called “sanctions” only makes Parubiy laugh. After all, according to Mr. Andriy, he has never had business, money or property on the territory of the aggressor state. According to the Verkhovna Rada’s Chairman, Ukraine should strengthen its own response sanctions, both against Russian business in Ukraine and against those who wake up as Ukrainians and represent Russian economic and political interests in Ukraine.
However, those who are not on the list don’t have simple lives also. For example, Deputy Minister of Information Policy Dmytro Zolotukhin writes that he is ready to buy a place in the sanction list. Well, you understand jokes, right? I hope so.
Of course, Oleh Lyashko wrote about his presence in the sanctions list. You know, in fact, this flash mob is even more popular than drinking coffee at the gas station. So, leader of the “Radical Party” says, with sarcasm, of course, that he simply doesn’t know how he will live after such a step made by Kremlin.
In fact, almost all the employees of the Radical Party wrote about the “success” of the Radical Party. Here’s an MP Serhiy Rybalka emphasizes that the entire faction is not fully included in the sanctions for a good word. They understood that soon “radicals” will become one of the most powerful political forces in the national parliament. Oh, and maybe at the same time, you will accept the title of the most modest one?
Here Mr. Lyashko asks, where is Petro Poroshenko. So, Mr. Oleg, especially for you, an expert explanation from the political expert Olesya Yakhno-Belkovskaya. Everything is actually quite simple: this is common worldwide practice, presidents are not added to US and EU sanctions lists. However, the list of Russia has almost the entire team/administration of the Ukrainian president. Yep, let’s turn to digits: there are 52 names from Poroshenko’s side, as for Timoshenko – there are only 5.
If we got to experts, then here’s the opinion of Olexiy Minakov. According to him, sanctions have 5 key objectives. The first and, obviously, the main one is the presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko. Now she can say that she is not an “agent of Kremlin” because of the sanction list. Next comes Viktor Pinchuk, who in fact offered to give Crimea to Russia in exchange for peace in Donbas, the head of the “Channel 112”, the family of “ex-regional” Hereha and Serhiy Semochko. So, the political expert emphasized that the purpose of Moscow is to mess things up. For those who had possible pro-Russian views, are now portrayed as “enemies of Putin.”
“It’s like buying oats for a dead horse,” this way, an MP Iryna Podolyak has treated her presence in the almost legendary list. Well, she had no financial or economic facilities there. But it’s nice, Mrs. Iryna, isn’t it?
Almost the same way described her presence in the list MP Viktoria Syumar.
Meanwhile, a journalist Vitaliy Portnikov, who also appeared on the Putin list, called it “a killer’s warning”. For, in fact, someone will really like to keep the journalist silent. However, it won’t make him stop his work.
“To be in Kremlin’s sanctions list is an honor and another testimony to the fact that we are on the right track and do everything right in our fight against Putin’s aggression,” said MP Artur Palatnyi.
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