Ukraine, Edition: 2Rev Ed by Taras Kuzio

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41 Although important Ukrainian historical and cultural centres, their character was changed utterly by successive waves of industrialisation from the late nineteenth century, which developed the area’s water, coal and iron ore resources. The Donbas working class was a bastion of Bolshevik (or, on occasion, Makhnovite) support in 1917, and are equally radical today. 44 Southern Ukraine The three coastal oblasts of Odesa, Kherson and Mykolaïv and the Crimean peninsula have the weakest historical links to Ukraine.

The first two live within the Soviet Union, in adjoining areas of Moldova, Belarus and the Russian Federation (RSFSR), part of the Ukrainian ethno-linguistic territory in the past; the second two further afield. 2 shows Ukrainians in neighbouring territories. 231 million). Smaller concentrations of ethnic Ukrainians, such as those in the Baltic states, tend to be among the most highly denationalised. Ukrainians in Moldova are concentrated on the left bank of the Dnister centred around the town of Tyraspol′, where a large proportion of Moldova’s heavy industry is concentrated.

On Motyl’s alternative interpretation, however, the Shelest period was the product of the 1960s leadership transition in Moscow, and the consequent relative tolerance of troublesome republics. Brezhnev did not allow control of the periphery to atrophy in the same manner as Gorbachev, and was therefore able to recentralise in the early 1970s. 10 Similarly, Shelest has also been retrospectively claimed by nationalists as one of their own, without too much supporting evidence, other than the mere fact of his dismissal.

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