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The winter of 2014 was marked by one of the most prominent events for Ukraine since gaining independence — Euromaidan. Exacerbation of political crisis, activization of radical nationalists activity in the capital was not welcomed by eastern regions of the country, which have always been loyal to ex-president Victor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions. The shift of power was extremely negatively met by the northern neighbour of Ukraine, which caused a whole sequence of events that still hinder the European development of Ukraine.
In spring, waves of protests against “armed anti-constitutional coup d’etat” ran over the biggest cities of the eastern part of Ukraine, which led to illegal proclamation of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. However, eastern parts of Ukraine, are not the only craddle of separatism and pillar of self-proclaimed republics. Republic of Subcarpathian Ruthenia (which is the exact name of another «people’s republic) and its leader Petro Getsko also get their activities under way.
During the Second European Congress of Subcarpathians Ruthenians in 2008 a decision was taken to re-establish the Republic of Subcarpathian Ruthenia, with Petro Getsko been elected as its prime-minister. The same year Getsko went underground due to the fact that he was put on the wanted list.
“I see no relation to the former Ukraine. There will surely be ties established with Europe, but only after we get purged from the virus of Ukrainianism. This won’t happen fast, but we have to overcome this stage”, — was often stated by the leader of Ruthenians Getsko, who thought that the Transcarpathian region, just like DPR and LPR, will be liberated from the “dictatorship of the Kyiv junta”.
According to Getsko there are more than 800 thousands of Ruthenians in the Transcarpathian region and all of them fight against “Banderist” ideology that exerts pressure on Ruthenian identity. “A Ukrainian in Transcarpathia is associated with a Banderist”, — so absurd are statements of Getsko.
Outlining the plans of Ruthenian underground (which is clearly well-financed from abroad), Getsko states, that “Ruthenians and Banderist Ukraine have nothing in common”. The leader of Ruthenians thinks that in fighting for independence it is necessary to cooperate with external actors, notably Hungary and Russia, both seeking to destabilize political situation in Ukraine and fuel separatism.
Although Getsko often speaks about “peaceful transition”, there are always appeals to separatism in his words, flavoured by scarhing criticism of Ukraine. “One my signal is enough to throw all the Banderists beyond the border of the region”, — said Getsko in an interview.
Yet all the Getsko’s statements are merely meaningless phrases. Currently the situation in the Transcarpathian region does not constitute so acute problems as the war with Russia. It is also backed by the fact that Getsko has to lose a great deal of publicity because of the wanted list he is put on since 2008.
“I can’t treat Ukraine as country at all! Even three Galician regions, the remnants of the former Ukraine, will eventually become the eastern part of Poland!”, — such is the Getsko’s prediction in terms of the future of the independent state. The forecast of a National Research Nuclear University (“MEPhI”) graduate are doubtful. So is the succesfull forthcoming separation of Republic of Subcarpathian Ruthenia from the independent Ukraine.
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EurActiv Network