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Blog Adevărul - Romania | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dangerous flashpoint in west Ukraine

Since December 6 armed rebels have occupied an administrative building in the Vinnytsia region in west-central Ukraine. The rebels have declared Alex Furman of the right-wing extremist Svoboda Party the new "governor of the region". Writing on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul Romanian political scientist Radu Carp sees this as an extremely dangerous development: "The time and place of this attempt to destabilise western Ukraine are by no means pure coincidence. The Vinnytsia region is within the sphere of influence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the new chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, Volodymyr Groysman. ... Ukraine can't fight on three fronts at the same time: in the south (Odessa), in the west (Vinnytsia) and in the east (Donetsk and Luhansk). ... In the Vinnytsia region too, [Kremlin boss] Putin will apply the same strategy he has used so far. But because he is cooperating with the Ukrainian right-wing extremist Svoboda Party there, it's not so easy to detect his behind-the-scenes influence."

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