[ View the story "Divided over Ukraine's future" on Storify] Divided over Ukraine's future The Stream looks at how political differences could impact the country's post-revolution outlook.
The Stream· Tue, Mar 04 2014 09:30:42
In addition to facing a military standoff with Russia, Ukraine's newly installed government is also dealing with ethnic and political divides within the country. Shortly after President
Viktor Yanukovich's ouster
, pro-Russian security forces entered Crimea, a Russian-majority and semi-autonomous state within Ukraine.
A giant Russian flag in the middle of a Ukrainian peninsula. These pro-Russian protesters in Simferopol walked around the city center and chanted "Putin," "Russia," and "Glory to the Berkyt!" The Berkyt are the Ukrainian riot police under Yanukovych who were responsible for killing over 82 protesters in clashes w protesters on Kiev's Maidan Square. #ukraine #crimea #russiakajphotos
Pro Russian supporters about to board bus from Sevastopol to Simferopol where pro Moscow gunmen have taken over parl
On Instagram, some in Crimea
photos with Russian soldiers.
Вежливые с детства. #вежливыелюди #антимайдан #крым #украинаinstagram.com
У нас все хорошо ;)instagram.com
Concerned with the intentions of Ukraine's interim government, some citizens with Russian roots fear they may be marginalised in a pro-European Ukraine, as envisioned by the
. Many hope for Russia's protection against what they say is a illegitimate government in Kiev.
@Yatsenyuk_AP Your gov provoked conflicts all over Ukraine, is not supported by people and is not legitimateAndrew Gilmour
Just Skyped w/ #Crimea. Key quote: "we don't see them [the soldiers] as invaders, we see them as protectors." They truly fear L'viv radicalsHannah Thoburn
@AJStream The New government is a coalition of fascists, neoliberals, and hardline nationalists without any concern for most of the country.Christian Enright
@AJStream the new appointed interim gov should handle only one thing: elections. No matter how evil prev gov was they have not been electedRafael del Valle
Minorities' concerns were deepened when the Ukrainian parliament decided to
Russian as second official language only days after Yanukovich's removal.
Russian-speakers in #Ukraine had nothing to worry about from a parliament whose 1st task was to remove Russian as an official language.Serge
Kyiv's plan 4 pacifying E Ukraine (so far):1) Repeal Russian as official language2) Send Right Sector flying squads3) Oligarch governorsbillmon
@Yatsenyuk_AP It's time to proclaim that Ukraine is a democracy for all: Ukrainians, Russians, Tatars and everyone else.Svitlana Kochman
Crimea's pro-Russian Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, called for a
to decide whether Crimea should part ways with Ukraine. Ukraine's Central Election Commission said the referendum planned for end of March will
not be legal
, according to the country's constitution.
Western diplomats should try & get upcoming Crimea referendum cancelled. It was not legally voted on & it will certainly not be free & fair.UkraineInEurope
@AJStream Crimean referendum for autonomy or independence is logical & democratic. All sides must respect outcome even if pro-russian.Oliver Hegglin
People will fear voting otherwise with Russian troops there, plus Russian nationals will vote for Russia. @halabshow @iyad_elbaghdadiIulia Bullough
I think people mostly accept the fact that if a referendum is held in Crimea, it would choose to join Russia. #UkraineIyad El-Baghdadi
@iyad_elbaghdadi Not if they were free. 40% are Tatars and Ukrainians. Russian *speaking* are 60% but many of them Ukraininans.YQXO
Netizens criticised western media for imbalanced coverage on Euromaidan and the pro-Russian movement.
ΜΤ For the Media parrots ukranian nazis r "protesters"while the #antimaidan ppl of #Crimea r"pro russian insurgents"v @lucma66 @NamanTarcha❖Миша_HandsoffSyria
@AJStream the voice of Ukrainians outside #Crimea has greatly been ignored #UkraineSam Agona
Others condemned Putin's military
around Ukraine and showed support online for the new government in Kiev.
@TheNosike @AJStream I think the new govt is wanting true democracy where all parts of he Ukraine are included in a functioning Parliament.Jorma Jyrkkanen
@AJStream We don't need any Russian troops!How will you feel if Russians will do same at your country to "protect"? #Ukraine #Crimea #Крымdd
@AJStream they protecting the minorities- good move by RusiaKwandu Mbambi Maseka
@AJStream @locke You cannot just use violence to sneak into the driving sit and decide the future of the whole country, #Ukraine is divided.Rafael del Valle
@AJStream Russia's playing wit fire. Invasion may be economically motivated (Ukraine's agriculture industry) with ethnic tensions as a frontMuhammad Khatree