When people try this hard, one has to get suspicious:
Eastern and Western Ukraine have different histories and this sometimes leads to differences of opinion. Blogger Clarissa denies this, says that there are no differences of opinion among Ukrainians.
Yes, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing on this blog, denying that there are differences of opinion. That’s totally my entire mission.
I know it’s useless to argue once people have decided to accept Putin’s propaganda but I just can’t help it, I’ve got to try.
You and I, Steve, very obviously have different histories, would you agree with this statement?
And we also have a very obvious difference of opinion here, would you agree with that?
Still, these different histories and opinions are not provoking us into trying to kill each other, do they?
In my own family, I have a group of fiercely pro-Putin folks who live in the Donetsk and Lugansk areas (right in the war zone). But none of those people have taken up arms or are even remotely considering doing that. There is an enormous distance between having “an opinion” and taking a Kalashnikov and shooting into your neighbor’s face.
“Eastern Ukraine” is not fighting “Western Ukraine.” If you look at a map, you will see that “Eastern Ukraine” is overwhelmingly peaceful. Only a tiny little territory, less than 1% of the entire territory of Ukraine is in the hands of terrorists. You can see it here on the map marked in red:
And now a small question for you. Look at the area that is marked in red on the map, the war zone. Historically, this is a predominantly:
a) Russian-speaking, or
b) Ukrainian-speaking area?
What language did the most fiercely pro-Putin members of my family grow up speaking in the 1980s and 1990s in the Lugansk region?
If you can’t answer that, can we agree that your “opinion” on the subject of current events in Ukraine is not extremely well-informed? In any case, I promise that I still have no desire to murder you for it. Weird, huh?