There is a huge difference between the Donbass separatists and the Catalan or other forms of modern separatism based on nationalism


There is a huge difference between the Donbass separatists and the Catalan or other forms of modern separatism based on nationalism. Nobody here think that the Donbass was a huge empire or an independent country in the past. Neither they have reinvented their history. Donetsk is a pretty new city created in the XIX century by a British engineer who opened here factories and mines under the Czar authorization. So they don’t have too much history actually. The flag of Donetsk People’s Republic was created just recently during the anti-maidan uprising. They base their right to self-determination on citizenship issues. People here told me that after being bombed, shelled, assassinated, raped by the Ukrainian nationalists they could not live anymore forming part of Ukraine. That’s it. Simple and easy. The Donbass separatists don’t use old medieval dukes and kings and fairy-tales to justify their right to exist (like the nationalists are doing). This is why I feel comfortable with them. #gonzoblogger – Courtesy of Miquel Puertas

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