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A Case Study on Crossborder Cooperation in the Ukrainian–Moldovan Border Region and Its Effects on the Respective Minorities

A Case Study on Crossborder Cooperation in the Ukrainian–Moldovan Border Region and Its Effects... Nataliya Belitser* I. History and Geography A. Basic Facts ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (RM) are neighbouring countries of South/ Eastern Europe, both having emerged as independent states after the collapse of the Soviet union in 1991. Today's borders of ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the status of both titular majorities and minorities, had been subjected to numerous changes throughout ancient and more recent history. These changes have been conditioned mostly by the establishment and subsequent collapse of great multinational empires, local and world wars, borders drawn and redrawn (rather arbitrarily) by the winners of those wars and, as a result, shifting status of peoples and ethnic groups becoming nationals of this or that state--often without any personal desire to do so-- and influence upon those individuals who actually never moved out of their own dwellings. Having much in common, the two countries differ in many essential characteristics.2 In particular, they are of different `weight categories': by the size of its population, which amounts to 47.8 million, ukraine is the sixth largest country in Europe with territory covering 603,700 sq km; Moldova by contrast is a small country populated by 4.3 million, whose http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

A Case Study on Crossborder Cooperation in the Ukrainian–Moldovan Border Region and Its Effects on the Respective Minorities

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90000069
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Abstract

Nataliya Belitser* I. History and Geography A. Basic Facts ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (RM) are neighbouring countries of South/ Eastern Europe, both having emerged as independent states after the collapse of the Soviet union in 1991. Today's borders of ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the status of both titular majorities and minorities, had been subjected to numerous changes throughout ancient and more recent history. These changes have been conditioned mostly by the establishment and subsequent collapse of great multinational empires, local and world wars, borders drawn and redrawn (rather arbitrarily) by the winners of those wars and, as a result, shifting status of peoples and ethnic groups becoming nationals of this or that state--often without any personal desire to do so-- and influence upon those individuals who actually never moved out of their own dwellings. Having much in common, the two countries differ in many essential characteristics.2 In particular, they are of different `weight categories': by the size of its population, which amounts to 47.8 million, ukraine is the sixth largest country in Europe with territory covering 603,700 sq km; Moldova by contrast is a small country populated by 4.3 million, whose

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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