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You're reading: Ilya Timtchenko: The deadly illusion of a divided Ukraine

National Public Radio reporter
David Stern said: “As Ukraine is a split society, there is always the danger
that there could be a civil war.”

Max
Fisher, writing for The Washington Post, referenced an “Ethno-Linguistic Map of
Ukraine,” which showed the regional division of the country into ethnic Ukrainians
and ethnic Russians, as well as showing the Ukrainian-Russian language divide.
Writing for Open Democracy, Ethan Burger goes as far as to suggest that Ukraine
should be partitioned into two countries: east and west.

The problem is
that much of the media’s referenced information is coming from the outdated
2010 presidential elections or even from 2004 Orange Revolution data. During
the past seven months, the picture has dramatically changed. As for the past
month, the harsh division is simply not there anymore.

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