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Russian sanctions discussed during Ukraine border tensions

A Russian army soldier takes part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region, southern Russia, Dec. 10, 2021. Photo:AP


By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | DECEMBER 13th 2021 


Talks of imposing further sanctions against Russia are underway by European foreign ministers as troops continue to gather and amass at the borders between Ukraine and Russia, in what is feared to be the potential precursor to conflict.

There have been the occasional border conflicts and exchanges of gunfire at the border between Ukraine and Russia since the annexing of the Crimea region back in 2014, but with the amassing of Russian troops along the country borders over the past weeks, many are fearing that the fighting may become more violent.

“We have trenches with guys, they have trenches with guys,” said Lt. Ivan Skuratovsky, a soldier in the Donetsk region who described the present situation as a stalemate. “If Russia starts a war, of course we will have casualties, and also they will have casualties.”

It was made clear that “no concrete” decision would be made on the topic of imposing further sanctions on Russia during the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday, according to EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.

He stated that the EU continues to coordinate and discuss the situation alongside the United States and UK, and that any economic decisions are largely left up to examination of the situation, and doing everything possibly to dissuade potential conflict.

“But in any case we will send a clear signal that any aggression against Ukraine will have a high cost for Russia, if it happens. But, now, we are trying to do our best in order to prevent this from happening,” Borrell added.


100,000 Russian troops have been amassed at Ukraine’s border, with more still gathering. Despite this, Moscow continues to insist that it has no intentions of attacking.

“We are convinced that Russia is actually preparing for all-out war against Ukraine. It's an unprecedented event probably since the Second World War,” said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

He added: “If it's an unprecedented attack … that means that the answer has to be unprecedented from the western countries as well.”

Following the talks between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow stated on December 12 that the two presidents had agreed to continue having discussions about the situation over the coming weeks. The White House added that Biden had reaffirmed his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty during the call, discussing the need for a return to diplomacy.

There are some, however, who fear that if a conflict were to erupt between Ukraine and Russia, then it wouldn’t stop there – and that the war would take on a more global effect.

“Putin, I think, will not stop in Ukraine. If we don’t stop it here, they go further, because history shows us that leaders like Putin don’t stop until whole world stop it,” added Lt. Skuratovsky, fearing the war could spread to the rest of Europe. 


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2021 

Source:, The National News, NBC News