Ukraine will not be able to keep the sanctions against Russia at the rate they are now. Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine. According to the official, however, the sanction pressure managed to suspend Russia's advance in Donbas.
"At least, situations like Debaltseve and Ilovaisk did not repeat over these five years. And it was the real achievement of these five years; there was no horrible bloodshed and the losses of so many human lives... The isolation of these years was supposed to keep things this way, to prevent it from worsening", Zerkal said.
The Deputy Minister added that in spite of the suspended advance of the armed occupants in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the sanctions were still not as effective as some would expect; they just halted the 'hot phase' of the Russian aggression.
"Sure, they (sanctions, - 112 International) didn't do everything they could, but one cannot say they are ineffective at all. Of course, we would like more pressure, so that it would not scale down to the halt of the hot phase, but the actual solution of the problem", Zerkal said.
Previously, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine imposed the mirror sanctions against Russia. Besides, it extended the import ban on certain Russian goods until December 31, 2019.