Once the US and western powers accepted that it was ok for the elected government of Ukraine to be overthrown by unrest (either spontaneous or secretly instigated by the US) caused ostensibly by what were essentially policy differences over whether the county should move closer to the west or Russia, things that are normally decided by elections, it seems that it has now become the norm in that country for people in various parts of it to take things into their own hands.
Having given the green light to the first overthrow, the new government of Ukraine and the western powers are now grappling with what seems like an overflowing of popular unrest. So we had the referendum in Crimea to leave Ukraine and join Russia and now the eastern part of Ukraine has people demanding the right to a similar referendum. It is not clear where this will all end.
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report both weighed in on the issue.
(The first two clips aired on April 9, 2014 while the Colbert on ran on April 8, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)