I just heard in the news that the Crimean parliament proclaimed the
right to defend its own way, including secession from Ukraine and
incorporation into the Russian Federation. Eastern regions which
threaten to secede from Kiev account for 80% of the Ukrainian national
wealth. Without the industrial east, Ukraines incomes will fall from
1/3 of Russia to 1/10th of Russia. The prospects of joining the EU
will have to be postponed...
Deputies from Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, where the disputed
winner of the country's presidential poll Viktor Yanukovych gained
much of his votes, have threatened to call a referendum on the
formation of an autonomous republic if opposition protestors favoring
pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko get their way.
Donetsk deputies pledged to form an "East-South" autonomous republic,
along with the Crimea region, which already enjoys more powers than
Ukraine's 26 other regions, Reuters reported.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters are still in the streets across
central and western Ukraine denouncing the official count which shows
Yanukovich as the winner of last Sunday's presidential election.
"If they don't clear people out of Kiev squares on Saturday and
Sunday, we should, in an orderly, constitutional way, stage a
referendum of trust to determine this country's make-up," Donetsk
Mayor Alexander Lukyanchenko told the assembly.
"We can live without that half (of the country), but can they live
without us?" the mayor in this primarily industrial region was quoted
by Reuters as saying.
The east, which generates much of Ukraine's wealth with its coal,
chemical and steel industries, has rejected opposition calls for a
nationwide strike. Crimea, which already has its own parliament and
government, is also Russian-speaking and for a time in the 1990s
protested against rule by Ukrainian authorities.
The disputed election has highlighted Ukraine's centuries-old divide
between the Russian-speaking east and the Ukrainian-speaking west.
Ukraine's constitution only allows for nation-wide referendums. To
stage a referendum three million signatures are needed in two-thirds
of the country of 47 million. Each region has to provide at least
(Seriozha) wrote in message news:<firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> yp wrote in message news:...
> > By reading many reports on the Ukrainian elections, and looking at the
> > many maps of Ukraine showing the division in the population and the
> > vote, it is clear that Ukraine is as divided today as Czechoslovakia
> > was at the time when it separated between the Czech Republic and
> > Slovakia.
> > It would seem to me therefore that the best solution would be to split
> > Ukraine into east and west more or less along the Dnipro river. The
> > two resulting countries would still be very large in the European
> > context and would produce much more homogeneous populations that would
> > work for their social and economic benefit, rather than fight each
> > other.
> > Yuri
> Yes, splitting up may be a sign of real progress, just look
> at Yugoslavia. Why not split the country into east and west Ukraine
> and allow each president to govern their own sovereign state. East
> Ukraine obviously wants to move toward Russia whilst the West have
> aspirations to join the EU. It is much easier to join the EU if the
> countries are smaller and less populous.