While the western portions of the Ukraine – which have historical ties to Poland and other nations to their west – remain quiet, the same isn’t true for the Ukraine’s eastern provinces. Those parts of the Ukraine have closer historical ties to Russia, and are becoming unruly.
Pro-Russia protestors in Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkiv stormed Ukrainian government offices yesterday, taking them over. In Lugansk, they freed a number of pro-Russian activists previously arrested by Ukrainian police for allegedly plotting to take over government buildings using “arms and explosives”. In Kharkiv, police reportedly refused to stop protestors from entering government buildings in strength.
Pro-Russia protestors in these regions have called for a referendum on rejoining Russia similar to that held in the Crimea when the Ukraine holds snap Presidential elections in late may. Those regions also were strong supporters of the now-deposed former President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
I’m sure our “nuanced and astute” POTUS and SECSTATE have something uniquely effective planned in the event that the eastern Ukraine tries to break away from the central/western Ukraine and rejoin Russia. After all, their response to the situation in Crimea last month was as effective King Canute’s orders to the tide.
Yeah, it looks like this one could get . . . pretty interesting before it calms down. Might want to stay tuned.