In the event of independence of Gagauzia, separatist tendencies in Gagauz villages of Odessa region will be aggravated, said Ukrainian political analyst Oleg Posternak.
According to the expert, the southern part of Odessa region has a “nationally-colorful composition of the population, and the vast majority due to various circumstances is influenced by Russian Federal TV channels.”
In his article, published by the bessarabiainform.com the author also argues that the Bessarabian region through the efforts of the Ukrainian government was always presented as a conglomerate of living in peace and harmony various nationalities, but it is not Ukrainian in terms of values, social and civil factors “.
Posternak believes that Ukrainians, Russians, Bulgarians and Gagauz living in the region do not have sufficient patriotism, and “tend to justify the actions of Vladimir Putin”.
According to the analyst, the Gagauz population of Bessarabia is also subject to the emergence of separatist movements due to the proximity of the Gagauz Autonomy in the South of the Republic of Moldova.
“Gagauz are the Orthodox turkic-speaking people of the region, the total number of which is about 27 thousand people. Historically and mentally gravitate towards Turkey and the Autonomous Gagauzia within Moldova. In case of a declaration of independence of Gagauzia there is a risk of separatist fermentation in the Gagauz areas of the Ukrainian Danube Delta”, – said Oleg Posternak.
“Thus, the local population of the South of Odessa region in the case of a spread of the virus of separatism will either take objectively neutral positions, or even sympathize with the enemies of the unity of the country”, – says the author in the article.
Bessarabia (Romanian: Basarabia; Russian: Бессарабия Bessarabiya, Ukrainian: Бессарабія Bessarabiya) is a historical region in Eastern Europe, bounded by the Dniester river on the east and the Prut river on the west. Nowadays the bulk of Bessarabia is part of Moldova, whereas the northernmost regions, as well as the southern regions bordering the Black Sea (Budjak), are part of Ukraine.
In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War, 1806-1812, and the ensuing Peace of Bucharest, the eastern parts of the Principality of Moldavia, an Ottoman vassal, along with some areas formerly under direct Ottoman rule, were ceded to Imperial Russia. The acquisition was the Empire’s last territorial increment to take place in Europe. The newly acquired territories were organised as the Governorate of Bessarabia, adopting a name previously used for the southern plains, between the Dniester and the Danube rivers. Following the Crimean War, in 1856, the southern areas of Bessarabia were returned to Moldavian rule; Russian rule was restored over the whole of the region in 1878, when Romania, the result of Moldavia’s union with Wallachia, was pressured into exchanging those territories for the Dobruja.
Translated by Kristina Rus