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Ukraine Separatist Republics Won’t Survive On Their Own
19 November, 2014
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The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are trying to legitimize themselves, but how they will support millions of inhabitants is unclear.

Pro-Russian activists burn uniforms outside the prosecutor’s office in Donetsk May 1, 2014. (Interfax-Ukraine)

by Devin Ackles, Hromadske International

produced by Maxim Eristavi, Randy R. Potts

 

What You Need to Know:

✓ Separatist forces carried out local elections in violation of the Minsk peace deal on November 2;

✓ The elections are an attempt to legitimize the breakaway states;

✓The Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic are two separate entities with varying levels of internal cohesion;

✓Both republics have few obvious functional institutions to run a government;

 

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Ukraine Separatist Republics Won’t Survive On Their Own