According to the ignorant folks at "Reason", the flag
"holds no meaning in Eastern Europe, so to whom are these Russian-backed fighters trying to appeal?"In reality, the flag is a derivation of Saint Andrew's Cross; the Russians have used it for a long time, most recently as a Naval Jack. Its obvious what the Pro-Russsian Ukrainian Separatists where trying to link to when they picked that flag; even the Moscow Times knows that.
Those good 'ole Russkie boys in Eastern Ukraine might just be getten' ready to be sold out by their comrades. One might wager that Obama capitulated something very important to the Russians to get them to take three steps towards the door. Certainly, the recent Russian hands off approach in Eastern Ukraine appears to support that Obama appeased the Russians with something BIG.
Or on the other hand, maybe the propaganda is an attempt to appeal to Southern Americans to support the Ukrainian Separatists? Seems unlikely, given that no Southerner in his right mind would support the Russians knowing full well that Russia invaded Georgia from neighboring North Ossetia in 2008. If the Russian are trying to gather sympathy from Southerners, the Ukrainian separatists would be better served to base their flag off a Lynyrd Skynyrd album cover.