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Pro-Russian activists with Russian flag sit at a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Pro-Russian activists with Russian flag sit at a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
(Efrem Lukatsky/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Doug Saunders

Here are five ways to split Ukraine. None of them works

So you want to solve the Ukraine crisis by dividing the country into “Russian” and “European” sections, and letting each go its own way? That idea hangs in the air, proposed not just by Russian president Vladimir Putin (who has already tried it with Crimea) but is also increasingly popular among many voices in the West. After all, if we ended the wars in the former Yugoslavia by allowing it to divide, the logic goes, why not do the same with Ukraine?