According to Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Israel opposes sanctions against Russia, arguing that they are not an effective tool for resolving the conflict in the Donbas. Ever since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, Israel has attempted to maintain a “neutral” posture in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Israeli diplomats were not present during the March 2014 vote on the US-supported UN resolution condemning Russia for its annexation of Crimea. Later, Israel blocked a sale to Ukraine of Israeli-manufactured drones to monitor ceasefire compliance by the Russian-separatist forces in the Donbas. However, according to several media reports, Israel sold a number of intelligence-gathering drones to Russia late last year.