ihopethisisgood-bye asked: Can you explain why there are pro-Russia protests in the Ukraine? What's the difference between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine government protesters?
I am certainly not the one to be asking about this stuff, but as I understand it there’s a large bloc in the Ukraine that wants closer economic ties with the European Union, and these are the folks who’ve been protesting in Kiev over the last little while, due to the fact that the now-ousted president was spurning closer European ties for renewed closeness with Russia.
Since the pro-Russian bloc under the deposed Yanukovych is no longer in power, this has left those Ukrainians in the eastern areas of the country (who feel a familial and linguistic bond with their Russian neighbours) feeling alienated, and they’re calling for Russian intervention.
These countries have a long and often horrifying history, with big brother Russia/USSR often dominating the Ukraine by force. What we have now is Russia claiming its “threatened interests” in the Crimea as a cassus belli for what looks more and more like a full invasion.
One man’s opinion: Putin’s a tool.