In the spring of 2014 Kharkov appeared in the focus of attention because of the threat of destabilization, which dispersed the Russians as part of its plan to create a "New Russia" in the southeast. Then the "New Russia" in the Kharkiv region was stopped, but fears for the future of the strategically important region persists.
In the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada in October 2014 Kharkiv region has become a major donor to the opposition bloc received 32.14% of votes. It's a bit smaller than at polling stations in Luhansk and Donetsk region (35.54% and 38.75%, respectively), but because of the fighting, more than half of the electorate did not participate in the Donbass elections because it Kharkiv region gave the maximum number of votes by the former Regionals.
Kharkov plays a key role in the plans of separatists and Russia because of its huge industrial potential, developed defense industry and logistics role. Grab this metropolis will cause a sharp change in the balance of power and weaken Ukraine.
As far as Kiev can count on the loyalty of Kharkiv?
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