I, as an uninformed Yank, get it. Thank you.
You are welcome, rybnik.
Separatism flourishes in the western regions of Ukraine. Some people who live there wish their cities to belong to Poland or Romania. You can even see such labels in Kiev on the independence day of Ukraine.
Warszawski, you said many true things in regards to the problems we face, but the last one is a total lie. And this is not your fault. The Center of Social and Marketing research "Соціс" published report in April 2011 on the poll where the Ukrainian citizens were asked:
1.) Whether they support independance of the western region of Ukraine and Donbas (coal-rich region of the east)
Results: only 2% supported independance of these regions
2.) Ukraine to remain unitary or become a federation?5% support of the federation
In addition to that eastern region Donbas now supports by 25% the aspirations to join EU, which was unheard of a few years before. And this is understandable since more service oriented western Lviv and Carpathian oblasts (administrative units) outperformed the heavy industrial regions of the east.
Another poll taken from 17 to 26 of March 2011 among the inhabitants of Lviv - the center of western part of Ukraine and the center of my heart :) - whether they support the separation of their region from Ukraine:85% - against the separation
6% - undecided (zombies);
6% - kinda support the idea and only 3% support it 100%;
The poll was performed by the Social group "Рейтинг".
Warszawski, you quote a Sevastopol newspaper which is filled with Russian dreamt-up stuff. You better off picking some recognized national source, not the city where temporarily is located Russian fleet. The fairytales they'll write are simply funny.
Here is a photo from Lviv demonstration in regards to separatism:
Another thing about Ukraine one might want to know: western and central regions are highly nationalistic and will rip apart any chauvinistic Pole, Romanian or Russian; eastern will do the same, but, probably, spare a Russian as*shole. So, trust me, there is no other feelings besides business with Poland or Romania and no one wants to belong to anyone, except some usual minorities movements.
Prior to this Ukrainian MP Anatoliy Gritsenko declared that he considered Ukraine as an administrative district of Russian Federation.
That is total crap! A. Gritsenko is one of the most respectful politicians in Ukraine, though his party currently has only around 2% of the votes. The Russian newspaper of Sevastopol would turn around the meaning of what he said 180 degrees. In fact, he ridiculed the way Russian patriarch didn't honor to visit any of the Russian regions, but came to the "South-western territorial district of RF", indicating the sphere of influence still present in that part of Ukraine. It didn't say anything about Ukraine as a whole - just go to the original blog of Gritsenko.
There is an easier way for lwow Oblast to get into the EU, If you know what I mean, nudge nudge.....wink wink..
Sure, and again you will be running around Europe with Institute of National Memory counting the fallen by the so-called "rezuny" ;)
Even today many people in it's government don't want anything to do with the west and look at mother Russia as it's role model.
That's not really the case. Check the travel schedules of the Russian PM and their patriarch Kiril for the last 6 months. They come over so frequently and beg to get into the economic commonwealth with them on a 3-1 basis, where Ukraine is as if a part of it, but mostly independent to make its own decisions. The 3 others are usual suspects: Russia, Belorus and Kazakhstan. The politicians which one calls pro-Russian are not interested in losing their business interests inside the country and give it up to become nobody in the Russian world. So, even they will unwillingly still be on our side of the border, figuratively speaking.
Nowadays, miriads of pointless issues and debates are raised to keep people away from getting angry with the lame economy and corrupt government. It is only a matter of time when the opposing sides which argue for stupid things realize that their enemy is the butchers in the capital, which have to be removed and replaced with young politicians.