For instance, a Spanish citizen César Vidal was an observer at the illegal referendum in the Donbas and made statements about the artificial nature of Ukraine as a state. In particular, he stated: "... This artificial nation, called Ukraine, is used as a weapon to threaten the Kremlin."
However, given a significant public outcry and strategic importance of relations with the European Union, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine supported the proposal of the president of Ukraine to lift sanctions from the following European journalists:
Anton Chicherov, the United Kingdom;
Emma Wells, the United Kingdom;
Ángel Sastre, the Kingdom of Spain;
Michael Rutz, the Federal Republic of Germany;
Antonio José Rodríguez Pampliega, the Kingdom of Spain;
Steve Rosenberg, the United Kingdom.