WorldViews: The surprising British origins of eastern Ukraine

By Ishaan Tharoor, May 9, 2014

The cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are on the front page of newspapers worldwide as pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine ready for a controversial referendum. The two cities municipal capitals of their respective regions are prominent administrative and industrial centers. And if those representing the "Donetsk People's Republic" get their way then Donetsk and Luhansk will also become key bases for whatever fledgling troubled political arrangement emerges after the vote.

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