Ukraine is being torn apart before our eyes

The optimist might have thought that after annexation of Crimea by Russia the line could be drawn on Ukraine's disintegration, and that all parties could set to work on the country's reform and recovery with a renewed commitment to national reconcilation. Alas, what seems to be happening is some hybrid Crimea and the Maidan. A series of Russki-Maidans develops in the Eastern regions, with activists in Donetck now having declared this oblast to be a republic, with the intent of holding a referendum on secession and joining Russia on May 11. All this is happening with revolutionary speed and turmoil. Russia calls for federalisation of Ukraine, which Kyiv denounces as a stratagem to create lots more Crimeas. Events move faster than any process of constitutional reform.