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There was a secessionist streak in Western Ukraine, which is only a small part of the country; the rest has not such plans, but most are keen to remain an independent country.

This sounds like stupid scaremongering from Yanukovitch.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Dec 22nd, 2007 at 04:48:53 PM EST
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From my understanding of the situation, it's actually the Russian speaking Eastern regions and Crimea that are keen on separating from the Western, agrarian regions which are more influenced by Polish culture.

Two drivers are behind this:
> financial - the East isn't keen on redistributing its wealth with the West
> military - Russian speakers (and Russia proper) are worried that the Western leaning Tymoshenko is intent on shutting the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea and integrating into NATO

Stupid or not, Yanukovich's posturing offers insight into the separatist political objectives of the Party of Regions, in particular now that Tymoshenko was voted in as PM by the Vrhovna Rada (by a 1 vote margin).

by vladimir on Sun Dec 23rd, 2007 at 03:42:06 AM EST
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