The Ukrainian elections have raised fears in the east that there might be a break-up of Ukraine:
YALTA: In the city where Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met to draw up a plan that would split up Europe and the world for the next four and half decades, citizens hope an election that has divided their country won't break it in half.
Ukraine's five-week election saga has roiled this ex-Soviet nation - pitting the more nationalist western half and the Russian-speaking south and east against each other - and in a Cold War flashback raised tension between Russia and the West.
The Crimea has a long history of ties with Russia and separation anxiety is to be expected. For his part, Tushchenko is sounding like a claming influence:
Yushchenko himself has downplayed the split saying in televised remarks that close elections happen all over the world and this election has left "no scar on society's body."