The latest blow to Ukrainian sovereignty and independence has come from pro-Russian separatists hailing from Kharkiv (‘Kharkov’ in Russian). Kharkiv historically is Ukraine’s “second capital,” and enjoyed the status of capital of Soviet Ukraine until 1934, when Stalin transferred the capital back to Kyiv, after his state-sponsored famine had wiped out millions of peasants. However, although Kharkiv is as far east as Donetsk, shares a long border with Russia, and is mostly Russian-speaking, it did not fall victim to Russian-backed separatism after the Maidan Revolution in February 2014 the way Donetsk and Luhansk regions did. Some locals initially attempted to defend the large statue of Lenin in the central square, but this was ultimately torn down like most others in cities across Ukraine. Now, Russia-sympathizers from Kharkiv (presumably based outside Ukraine at the moment) are agitating for a “referendum” to be held in Kharkiv region on the creation of another “people’s republic,” along the lines of the Lugansk and Donetsk varieties. Presumably a “KNR” would descend into anarchy and crime similar to that witnessed in the DNR and LNR.
It was perhaps only a matter of time before this problem reared its ugly head, but Ukrainian defense and security forces will have to be on full alert for provocations, and be prepared to deliver a swift and decisive blow to remove the cancer before it spreads.
10 January 2015
Dolgov announces referendum on creation of “Kharkov People’s Republic”
One of the ideologists of “Novorossiya” is counting on help from the head of the “Central Election Commission” (CEC) of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR), Roman Lyagin, in creating another “people’s republic.”
That the appropriate plebiscite will be held, Konstantin Dolgov has no doubt. The activist is convinced it is only a matter of time.
“Not if, but when: when we go back to Kharkov, DNR CEC Chief Roman Lyagin is going to help us hold the referendum!” Dolgov wrote on his Twitter account.
We remind readers that Konstantin Dolgov is a Ukrainian political scientist and journalist, known as an ardent supporter of Novorosssiya, and co-chairman of the Kharkiv movement “People’s Front for Novorossiya.” He actively cooperates with the breakaway republics of the Donbas and supports the establishment of a “Kharkov People’s Republic” in place of Kharkiv region.