Even this Black Sea port, known for its tolerance, is seeing tensions flare over pro-Russian sentiments
April 24, 2014
ODESSA, Ukraine — Walk up to the motley encampment of pro-Russian, anti-“Maidan” activists set up outside the stately, columned Odessa trade union building and the first question that gets put to an out-of-towner isn’t political or military.
“Nice building, huh? Want to buy it?” said the man, who gave his name as Vanya. “For you, very cheap. I could trade a bridge. Maybe the Brooklyn Bridge?”
It’s light humor in dark times and in a city like Odessa renowned for its dark humor, sharp wit and wily commerce, these are days of growing shadows.
(taken on the barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building, Friday, April 11, 2014, by yours truly)
It’s shock therapy for the peninsula’s economy, with changes to banks, laws and even the time zone
April 11, 2014 5:00AM ET
This week’s outpouring of pro-Russian sentiment in eastern Ukraine was long in the making, despite the apparent calm there after Crimea’s annexation.
By Mike Eckel, Correspondent
The Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2014
Donetsk, Ukraine _ For many, the sudden seizure of buildings in Donetsk was as unexpected as the arrival of masked, armed soldiers in Crimea six weeks ago.
In eastern Ukraine, as in Crimea, a majority of the population is ethnically Russian. In many regions, such as Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk, loyalties to Russia also run strong, and distrust of the new government in Kiev runs deep. And as in Crimea, many ethnic Russians voice fears – exaggerated or not – of discrimination at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists who helped topple the previous government.
Separatists occupying government building in east Ukraine given ultimatum to leave but instead dig in