Der Spiegel: Moscow moves to destabilize eastern Ukraine

Rival protesters in Donetsk clash during their respective rallies on March 13

In the eastern part of Ukraine, with several large cities including Donetsk, Kharkiv and Dnepropetrovsk, polls show three-quarters of those surveyed rejecting the popular revolt in Kiev.

Between 70% and as many as 90% of the residents in this region say that Russian, and not Ukrainian, is their primary language. In Kharkiv, locals threw eggs at Vitali Klitchko, one of the protest leaders.

After the Crimean peninsula, eastern Ukraine has become the second powder keg in the conflict with Russia — only it is a much larger one than the former. At the end of last week, the government in Moscow put the fuse on display. (in English)

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