If the political issue was simply that Russia wanted to keep Crimea because of its warm-water port, then this is a simple to understand issue.
But that isn't the case.
(Reuters) - Pro-Moscow youths recaptured the administrative headquarters of the eastern city of Donetsk and flew the Russian flag from its roof on Wednesday, hours after Kiev's authorities managed to fly their own flag there for the first time since Saturday.This could get messy.
It's a province in eastern Ukraine, bordering Russia.
It's demographics of the city are almost even split between ethnic Russians (48.15%) and ethnic Ukrainians (46.65%). The city itself is around 1 million people.
However, the demographics if the province are majority Ukrainians (56.9% vs. 38.2%).
Which would explain the second paragraph of this article.
While the group of a few hundred pro-Moscow activists was recapturing the building, however, a far larger demonstration was gathering elsewhere in the city in favor of the authorities in Kiev, a sign that the tide of local opinion is turning against Moscow's allies in Ukraine's Russian-speaking heartland.The protestors appear to be mostly local citizens. While their demands are mostly about "Mother Russia", the most likely grievance is simply domestic politics. The city was the political support base of Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych and has not adjusted well to his downfall.
Many locals feel marginalised by the new administration in Kiev, which they describe as the fruit of a power grab by pro-Western "bandits".It's easy to look at this as a Russia vs. the West situation, and that is how the news media is presenting it, but in fact this is mostly about domestic politics.
"Why are our boys not heroes? They suffered in Kiev. They were beaten and humiliated, made to go on their knees. Now they are all forgotten. They were just fired from their jobs. If they had not protected us, then those mad protesters would have burnt the whole of Kiev," she said.