Challenges and Hopes
Edited By Viktor Stepanenko and Yaroslav Pylynskyi
The Maidan and Post-Maidan Ukraine: Public Attitudes in Regional Dimensions
In this paper I focus on the issues of Ukraine’s regional differences reflected in particular in the regional variety of political values and attitudes. As a sociologist I see these regional variations to be much more complex than the stereotypical and simplistic view of Ukraine as a “divided country” or the cliché of “two Ukraines.” In my view the latter is rather the product of politically manipulative technologies which were artificially brewed and imposed at least by the complex presidential campaign of 2004 known as the country’s “Orange revolution.”
The Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity, as the Ukrainian mass protests in 2013–2014 were named, was perceived differently not only in different countries but also in Ukraine itself. While there is no reason to talk of the confrontation of “two Ukraines,” these protests against the Yanukovych regime and their perception by the public varied in different parts of the country. The protests on the Maidan were supported, according to the nationwide survey of the Institute of Sociology,1 by 83% of Western Ukraine inhabitants, 79% in Kyiv and by almost two thirds of Central and Southeastern Ukrainian citizens (65%).
The Maidan was perceived differently in the southern and southeastern regions of Ukraine. Only in the Donbas, the native region of President Yanukovych and his stronghold, was the Maidan not supported by the majority of citizens (68%), its supporters clearly constituting a minority there (10%). In the South Ukrainian areas (Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson regions)...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.