Check out this infographic that I discovered…
Where is the lie actually? Did not the EU and affiliated groups pump money into destabilizing Ukraine in 2013-2014? If the EU did not provide support for what is happening in Ukraine, nothing would happen in Ukraine. The sanctions enacted by the West literally are governments shooting business into the foot with the hope that it will hurt the Russians. The Russians meanwhile found non-European (in many cases domestic) alternatives, and Crimea still belongs to Russia. Have the sanctions influenced anything?
Yes they actually did. In many areas where Russia depended on Western resources and services, Russia began a search for substitutions. Even in areas which were not sanctioned, that is because the threat of sanctions is in itself a sufficient motivating factor. In any case, the loser here is Western business.
I am glad there are still sensible politicians here in Europe.
The infographic comes from a fancy Ukrainian effort (probably Western funded) to combat Russian disinformation.