Before 1991, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, but from the West's perspective where were the Ukrainians? More importantly, who were the Ukrainians? The Ukrainian National Republic had existed outside Ukraine for over 80 years. It was a friend to the West and its people were the Ukrainians. People inside Soviet Ukraine were Soviet citizens, unless they were working with the Bandera operatives. Europe never met them. Europe never knew them. Europe did not and does not recognize the indigenous people of Ukraine unless they are given the stamp of approval by their longtime friend - the Ukrainian Emigre Population's leadership.
In 1991 the president of the Ukrainian National Republic gave his power and the seal of state to Leonid Kuchma who until then had been a communist leader in Kiev. Kuchma was born in Galicia, Poland (Ukraine), and was for his entire life a Ukrainian ultra nationalist. In accepting the seal, the flag of Galicia (Bandera) Kuchma agreed to bring the new state in line with the law and tradition of the Ukrainian National Republic circa 1919.
In 2014 that is what finally happened. That was what Maidan was about. When Poroshenko gave his inaugural address he paid homage to this fact. He said that the wars of 1917-1920 had finally been won. This was acknowledged by his election. This new Ukraine was now under the laws and traditions of 1920's Ukraine as demanded by Symeon Petliura. This was finally the Ukraine they had been waiting for. Today ultra nationalist Ukraine makes that clear by this genocidal war in which Kiev is choosing its citizens.
Why doesn't Europe see or hear the Donbass Genocide?
Europe can't see Ukrainians being murdered or tortured, bombed or gassed, hacked with axes or beaten with stones because their longtime friend and ally assures them they would not do that to their own citizens- the Ukrainians.
In Europe's view the people in Donbass are an old Soviet relic that never represented Ukraine and needs to go away. Donbass was never a part of the Ukraine they know - then or now.
(Article changed on August 1, 2014 at 16:49)