Maybe only solution is to divide it in half.
Right again it’s not that simple...
Any effort to break eastern Ukraine from Ukraine proper would meet resistance not only from the western half of the country, but from wide swaths of Ukrainians living within those regions (This is a good time to note that past polls have indicated that a majority of Russian-speakers living in the country have also expressed loyalty to Ukraine and not Russia. Also, some people who identify themselves as Ukrainian-speaking may speak Russian in their day-to-day lives).
“There are significant numbers of ethnic Ukrainians who continue to speak Ukrainian in the east and in the south,” says Ukraine scholar Alexander Motyl in a recent interview with RFE/RL. “There are significant numbers of passionate Ukrainians, let’s call them patriots, who speak Russian and who prefer Russian culture, and who nevertheless are committed to Ukrainian statehood and Ukrainian nationhood.”
And no matter what ITS NONE OF RUSSIAS BUSINESS.
Coming to a county near you, in the US, if we don't do something about our borders. That is, we're rapidly developing border areas that are more Mexican than US-oriented. It starts with Mexican flags at soccer matches and street parades; this is what it develops into when the ability of the melting pot to culturally absorb immigrants (and aliens) is exceeded.
In addition to the 2004 and 2010 elections map, you also need to look at 1991, 1994 and 2014 presidential map
What it shows is that in 1991 the only ones voting for a pro-democratic pro-Ukrainian candidate Chornovil was Galicia.
In 1994, that candidate, relatively speaking, was Kravchuk, and the Ukrainian “nationalists” had now spread to Kiev and Cherkasy.
1999 election was an anomaly, Galicia voted against the commie and voted same as some other regions in the east.
2004 and 2010 elections show that the Ukrainian “facsists” made further progress to Sumy, Poltava, Kirovohrad. (In 2010, had it not been for political infighting and the financial crisis, it would have been greater, but oh well, live and learn. Maybe the guys in charge learned something.)
No need to comment on the 2014 elections where Poroshenko won throughout the country. Pro-Russian candidate, Dobkin, in the middle of a war against Russia, did not do well.
It still might too early to call pro-Russian candidates and parties dead, but when you have Russian troops crossing the border and kill Ukrainians there, the number of Ukrainian “nationalists” (as Russia calls them, but it’s just common sense patriotism), it should increase in the south and east of the country.
And why would you want to do that, Russkie? Yanukovych ran on a Pro-EU platform, not a Pro-Slavery one. Poroshenko ran on an Independence from Russia platform and got these results, which you've seen millions of times but are too dishonest to ever deal with them.
Red went to Poroshenko:
How is this division any different, fundamentally, than the red state/blue state division in the US?