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War in Donbas in the Context of Ukraine’s Regional Diversity

Authors: Liza Skryzhevska*, Miami University of Ohio
Topics: Political Geography, Europe
Keywords: Ukraine, separatism, Donbas, uneven regional development
Session Type: Paper
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In this study, we used the notion of uneven regional development in Ukraine to illuminate the
important social and political causes of separatist movements in the Donbas region.

We examined possible connections between the socio-economic situation in the Donbas region and the emergence of separatist activity. We, first, introduced the phenomenon of regional dichotomy in the Ukrainian setting by highlighting the presence of diverse social and economic regional characteristics. Second, we analyzed the spatial distribution of major socio-economic indicators on the level of the local provinces (rayons), with emphasis on Donetsk and Luhansk. Finally, we drew conclusions by discussing separatism as it relates to the unique ethno-territorial characteristics of Donbas and as it is affected by uneven regional development in Ukraine.

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