Ukraine’s spy chief: Sanctions hurting putin

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EU and US economic sanctions on russia had a much bigger impact than previously thought, Ukraine’s spy chief has said, euobserver reports.

“One of the estimates which we managed to learn, russian internal estimates, is that Western sanctions … forced the russian budget to lose $173bn [€151bn] already, which is quite a lot,” Yehor Bozhok, the head of Ukraine’s foreign intelligence service, the SZRU, told EUobserver in an interview in Kiev in January.

“This is their [russia’s] internal assessment, which they prefer not to make public,” he said. The figure covered the period from mid-2014 to the end of 2018, he added.

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