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There is no doubt that the polarization of Ukraine has passed the point of no return, as neither side would accept being under the rule of the other. And, a unity government can only exist in name, but not in function. Therefore, unless both sides engage in a full fledged war to annihilate the other, the only other option is to find a line of demarcation between the Western and Eastern Ukraine that would permit both to coexist peacefully, even if not on friendly terms.|
Even in Kiev, there exists a significant pro-Russia minority that remains at risk of reprisals for any actions taken by the government in Crimea. Likewise, even in Donetsk, there exists a significant pro-West minority. This jigsaw of interlocking loyalties should have served as a framework for unification, but since the pro-West faction have essentially rejected the pro-Russian faction in every sphere, these interlocking loyalties have instead become worrisome points of future conflict.
From a moral standpoint, the side with the greater tolerance for its opponent should have the larger share of national territory of Ukraine as those living within it would have a greater degree of freedom and security. One would have hoped that claiming to have the European values of democracy, the pro-West faction would be more tolerant, but news reports suggest otherwise. It is like the farce of the western media that the religio-fanatical Muslim Brotherhood would usher in greater democracy in Egypt. Or, the Western fallacy that the cannibals of the Free Syrian forces are better qualified to watch out for the human rights of their opponents, than their opponents themselves. In Ukraine, we see a similar mismatch between the Free Ukraine movement and the unfree Ukraine it actually supports, dominated by EU-favoring fanatics. This mismatch occurs all the way to Kiev.
Therefore, logically, if Ukraine is to be divided, it may very well include a divided capital of Kiev. Whether or not this happens will not be dictated by the short term policies of Russia and Crimea, or by the Kiev government alone, but by the intentions of both sides and the actual correlation of forces which will propel the entire region toward a point of equilibrium. History tends to repeat itself, and the temporary division of Berlin may very well re-materialize as the forces of the West and of Russia are forced to interlock in the Ukraine, centered on Kiev.