DONETSK, November 29. /TASS/. Sanctions imposed by the European Union on leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will have no impact on the policies of the Donetsk Republic movement that holds majority in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) parliament, DPR Speaker Andrey Purgin, a leader of the movement, told TASS on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the EU published in its Official Journal a new sanctions list, which includes 13 representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics /DPR and LPR/ and five east Ukrainian parties, which participated in the local elections on November 2, including the Donetsk Republic.
“These sanctions won’t affect the policy of the organisation,” Purgin said. “Moreover, Kiev’s court has banned it for four times but the movement continues to work.”
The DPR speaker said that on the whole the EU sanctions “are ritual and won’t have a certain effect” on the DPR policies.
“It is mainly a kind of moral pressure on the Donetsk Republic leaders,” he said. “However, blacklisted people have neither accounts at Swiss banks nor property in the countries of the Old World.”
Along with this, Purgin pointed out that Brussels actually ignored the humanitarian catastrophe and war crimes in Donbass and the fact that Ukraine had de facto suspended the International Convention on Human Rights.