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Voices of Ukraine

By Halya Coynash
07.15.2014
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

A more cynical fiction than the addition of 11 Kremlin-backed militants to a meaningless EU blacklist instead of real economic sanctions against Russia as aggressor would be difficult to imagine.  Except perhaps the latest calls for ‘peace negotiations’ made by Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final

1405379349On July 11 the European Union added 11 more names to its list of individuals facing “restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”.  Largely theoretical travel restrictions and symbolic freezing of ‘assets’ are purportedly needed  “in view of the gravity of the situation in Ukraine”.  They came a week after the G7’s one month deadline for the Kremlin to take real measures to stop the unrest in Ukraine elapsed on June 4, and shortly after an EU three-day ultimatum…

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