Fighting front

On the first day of February in Kharkov Dobkin and Kernes, popularly called tandem “Hepa and Dopa", having collected couple of hundreds of their own kind, announced the creation of so-called "Ukrainian Front" - as a counter to "Pravyi sector," Samooborona and National Guard of Maidan.


Again, they try to split us off.


On the eve of the Day of Unification I was invited to a "round table" organized by the authorities in Kirovohrad. However, it was not a real round table, but rather a seminar or conference, consisting of lectures, presentations and questions from the audience.


With the help of historical parallels organizers tried to show and prove that the supposedly "evil Galicia men" in the streets are trying to split the country - disconnect some western areas which "Stalin gave us”... and for this purpose stands Maidan, spending millions of foreign dollars, and media manipulates and misleads information.


Of course, their goals are not achieved. People, whose brains they tried to wash with performances, utterly defeated all the arguments of the organizers. But it's not the point.  


Lately in the media we see pumping situation owing to the split of Ukraine. These abstracts were up-to-date in 2004 during the elections and revolution. How relevant they are today? Let’s make an excursion into history.


Since the proclamation of independence, Ukraine has been waging cruel Information and worldview war - Ukraine vs "sovok". Territorial gains in this war is best seen in the election results. For convenience, we will identify and analyze the main stages.


So, the first democratic elections of independent Ukraine in 1991were won by experienced communist activist Leonid Kravchuk. He won in all regions except Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil, where advantage was provided to Vyacheslav Chornovil. Accordingly, we can see the first division - between Galicia and the rest of the regions of Ukraine.

But in 1994 early elections the division happened down to the riverside of the Dnieper River. Kravchuk, who exploited patriotic slogans, won in 12 regions - Kyiv, Cherkasy and all the west. Kuchma, who promised to make Russian as a second state language, received 52% of the vote against 45% of Kravchuk, and superiority in all other regions. Thus, the number of "patriotic" areas were up by 9.


On the next presidential elections Kuchma also started using the national-democratic slogans opposing himself to the Communist Symonenko. The result - 56% Kuchma vs. 38% Symonenko. But this time the electoral geography was not clear enough to see movement on the rise of patriotic ideas. Here played a big role the use of administrative resources by Kuchma, which ensured him victory in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Odessa and Sumy regions, and also Brotherhood factor that played role in the Dnipropetrovsk region.


At the same time support of Communist in some areas was caused primarily by high dissent – thee are first of all Cherkassy, Vinnitsa, Poltava, Chernigov and Kirovograd region. The people chose the one they considered "lesser evil."


Thus 2004 showed us already usual map of the electoral sympathies, where patriotic ideas prevailed in four more areas: Kirovograd, Poltava, Chernihiv and Sumy. In these areas were the hardest struggles - with fights, bullying, repression, and the most audacious fraud.


The entire campaign was built on the confrontation between East and West, Russia against Europe and America, Ukrainian language and culture against Russian, Ukrainian history against Soviet propaganda. Presidential elections in 2010 fully repeated this geographical division.


Looking at a map of protests in Ukraine today, we can state the familiar picture - the farther west, the greater achievements of the insurgents. In the western regions uprising is officially supported by local authorities, in the center part of the country region state administrations are either carried by storm, or blocked. Looks like the same picture as in 2004.



But there is one "but".


Today sharpest struggle is waged it in the southern and eastern regions. Same as there was the Central Region in 2004. The front line combat with the "sovok" today is on the border of Odessa, Mykolaev, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk.


Donbass and Crimea are still under the full control of the regime, but even there it is not completely calm. 

What was the catalyst to promote Ukrainian national idea to the East and South? Except objective factors – appearance of the young generation which hasn’t seen the Soviet Union, and demographic trends that are better in the west and much worse to the east – there was a political one. And it was, in the first place ... the Party of Regions (PR).


After gaining power in the country and in regions, especially in the basic areas, PR allowed herself a disappointment. Yanukovych, as well as his predecessor Yushchenko, failed his voters’ hopes, on the contrary by his actions or omissions rallied against him huge organized protest group.


Having Opened the door to the defectors from the national-democratic camp, Regionals significantly liberalized. Trying to be president "for the whole of Ukraine," Yanukovych at least outwardly tried to fasten on a Ukrainian identity attributes.


Trying to become a monopolist in the pro-Russian and pro-Soviet electoral field, PR swallowed marginalized, destroyed or removed all pro-Russian forces. During a few years of its rule, we almost forgot about the existence of organizations such as the Progressive Socialist Party of Natalia Vitrenko, "Russian block”, ”Soyuz”, "Rodina" (with demonstrative punishment of its leader Markov), and so on.


Having destroyed any competition in the pro-Russian electoral field, Yanukovych has even forced the largest Russian chauvinists to campaign for European integration. Who has not obeyed was indicatively punished. This significantly changed the information field of basic PR regions.


After the sudden collapse of the European integration process and cruel dispersal of Euro-maidan, party of the government mobilized all pro-Ukrainian, pro-European and protest group to fight with them, prompting them to forget for a while about the internal conflicts and contradictions.

Fortunately, there are no more talks about the split basing on a regional division in Ukraine. This refers to the nationwide uprising against the current regime. Therefore, the "Russian scenario" has failed.


Now I’m extremely surprised at the viewpoints of some "social leaders", who consider themselves national patriots, who offer to "divorce" and "give Russia" the regions which stand against European integration. This is the same as just unsubscribe tenants of his own apartment - because he likes to listen to other music, and so you do not want him to be...


Let's go back to the map of protests.


In the traditional "orange" regions, except Kirovograd, RSA are either captured or blocked. In the Crimea and Donetsk region there were held a series of meetings and events. In other regions protests were widespread and systemic


And capture or blocking did not happen only because of their opposition environment is not sufficiently structured or discredited. Parliamentary opposition parties don’t have peoples’ support and supportive structures there, that’s why resistance movements were mainly led by social activists.


A consciousness of citizens has already got ripe. There’s a little left to do – get organized.

And Maidan has begotten new forces and leaders who are capable of this.



 Dmytro Sinchenko, National Initiative "Rukh Derzhavotvortsiv" (Movement of State Creators)


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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Sergey Sergeyev (Sunday, 23 November 2014 11:15)

    Well done, Dmytro!

    I'm going to use the facts you describe, figures, arguments with ideas
    in my letteres to my friends elsewhere.
    Thank You. Dmitry


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