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You're reading: Boris Danik: Who says Ukraine needs the Donbas?

In the ongoing separatist eruptions in these two regions the
key difference between Odessa and Donbas is made by demographics. There is no
denial that the latter has a hysterically pro-Russian majority, waving Russian
flags, blaring Soviet martial music, denouncing the present Ukrainian
government with unabashed hate of its genuine Ukrainian agenda and content, and
parroting ad nauseam the epithets as only the chauvinistic Russians could
concoct. In their dictionary, Ukrainian patriotism means fascism, while the
Russian jingoism glorifying overt aggression is indicative of a unique Russian civilization.  

In Odessa, the loyalties are somewhat evenly divided between
pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian, making it more feasible for the government in
Kyiv to maintain control and gain an upper hand over infiltration from Russia.

Ukraine needs Odessa with its access to Black Sea and its
adjacent land that provides territorial sovereignty over the Black Sea area
with known large natural gas sources under sea bed.

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