On April 6, pro-Russian activists stormed oblast administration buildings and state security offices in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk in coordinated attacks that Russian news media are calling the “Russian Spring.”
Pro-Russian separatists, allegedly acting in concert with the Kremlin, seized government buildings and called for referendums on
joining the Russian Federation in a matter of weeks.
Meanwhile, the borders in eastern and southern Ukraine remain leaky. The government in Kyiv is refusing to put up border controls between Russian-annexed Crimea and the mainland, and struggling to close borders in the east. Moreover, Ukrainian arms manufacturers are still selling weapons to Russia’s military, a policy that could prove suicidal to the nation.