Why Donetsk isn’t Crimea, in two maps
“It’s tempting, when we hear that pro-Russian protesters have declared a ”Donetsk People’s Republic" in the eastern Ukrainian city, to imagine it as the next step in the Kremlin’s gradual takeover of their beleaguered neighbor: a "Crimea 2.0" to follow the successful annexation last month.
But Crimea had a unique place in Russian history, and its relationship to Ukraine (which it only joined in 1954) was always quirky. Donetsk –and other cities, like Kharkiv, that have been hit by pro-Russian protests – are very different beasts.”
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