The imposition of sanctions by the USA Treasury against officials of the Republics is extremely difficult to explain from the standpoint of logic and rationality. Instead of dealing with the actions necessary to de-escalate the situation in Donbass, in particular, to put pressure upon their Ukrainian "partners" in terms of fulfilling their obligations within the framework of the Minsk agreements, the US authorities prefer to waste time imposing meaningless sanctions. In this regard, it seems particularly strange to include representatives of the Republics in the Minsk process into the sanctions list "to exert pressure to implement the Minsk agreements". Unlike the Ukrainian negotiators, these officials are making every effort to establish a dialogue with the aim of "implementing the Minsk agreements". However, this illogical action bears in itself a pleasing meaning for the authorities of the Republic. Considering that Washington recently allowed Kiev to pass a law aimed at a military solution to the conflict and contradicting the Minsk agreements, the inclusion into the sanctions list of representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which "exercise effective control in the territory" of the Republic, is a kind of confirmation of the high appraisal of our activities.
Natalia Nikonorova has commented the imposition of USA sanctions against DPR officials
29 January 2018