importantly, the split is also characterized by cultural and language chasm
between west and southeast.
Regions Party gained control of the government in 2010 with Viktor Yanukovych
becoming president, democracy in Ukraine is eroding, political persecution is
on the rise,. and the state’s Ukrainian identity is ravaged.
surprisingly, resentment has been growing among patriotic Ukrainians, who see
the high expectations for a national Ukraine dashed by the ongoing Soviet-style
regression and unabated russification. “The
mutual non-acceptance of mentalities” is so deep that the ability to live in
one country exists only because of the absence of contact between each other, a
respected Ukrainian intellectual told the daily newspaper Den in Kyiv.