Donetsk to become part of Great Britain

This story was first reported in the Czech media, of all places. I was shown it in the pub last night and did a Google search for it and it was just the one Czech site carrying it. But, given that most of you don’t read Czech all that well, here’s the Telegraph view of it:

Donestk was founded in the 19th century by John Hughes, a Merthyr Tydfil steel worker who had landed a contract from the Tsarist government to provide steel plating for the navy.

Now residents of the city have responded to pro-Russian protests for autonomy from Kiev with an internet vote that rejects Russia’s claims in favour of a turn to the Queen and London.

It calls for the restoration of the original name Hughesovka or Yuzovka and requests London rule.

After the Bolshevik revolution, the city was renamed Stalino and finally called Donetsk in 1961.

A total of 7,000 people had voted by Sunday with 61 per cent voting to secede to Britain and a further 16 per cent voting to make the city an English-speaking autonomous region inside Ukraine.

“We demand a referendum on the return to Yuzovka to its original bosom – a part of Great Britain,” the preamble declared. “Glory to John Hughes and his town. God Save the Queen.”

Hey, if randomly organised referenda do indeed change borders then why not?

16 comments on “Donetsk to become part of Great Britain

  1. Some good research, there. The history of Donetsk was covered well in William Taubman’s Khrushchev: The Man and his Era. It was where Khrushchev went early in his life, proving himself to be an adept engineer in the pre-revolutionary days, to the point that he had his own house and was well dressed (something like a yuppie of the day) and rode around on a home-made scooter. He was smart enough to ditch the image when the revolution come, start banging the communist drum, and make a big deal of his supposed peasant background. But the early photos show him in a tux, a proper man-about-town.

  2. Quick, twin it with Berwick-upon-Tweed: according to a tall story it’s still at war with Russia.

  3. @ dearieme
    Nice idea but:
    Firstly, if Yuzovka accedes to the UK they can’t twin with Berwick-on-Tweed ‘cos they’ll be in the same country.
    Secondly, Berwick-on-Tweed eventually made a separate peace treaty.

  4. They clearly missed the fact that Great Britain is no longer ruled by The Queen (God Bless Her!) or from London.

  5. Oh Berwick will soon be in a different country as an irredentist Scotland claims its ancient territories.

    “Berwick-on-Tweed eventually made a separate peace treaty.” I find that hard to believe though I could believe an argument that said that it was eventually included in a general peace treaty.

  6. The story is that when Britain decalred war on Russia in 1853 it specifically included Berwick upon Tweed but wasn’t in the peace treaty. I do love the story that the Russians sent someone in 1966 and the Mayor of Berwick said “Please tell the Russian people that they can sleep peacefully in their beds.”

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  8. Oh, and the way I heard the story, the visiting Soviet someone was Nikita Khruschev himself, which would make it 1956 not 1966.

    And to bring things full circle, Khruschev was a native of Donetsk.

  9. I meant Khrushchev, not Khruschev. Though when dealing with a story about the Welsh and the Ukrainians, any attempt at spelling a proper name should be regarded as correct if four out of seven consonants are present.

    Talking of which, Tim bach, about the category into which you put this post, “THE ENGLISH”….

  10. And to bring things full circle, Khruschev was a native of Donetsk.

    That’s what he made out, but he only went there at 22. He was actually from Russia.

  11. Who the hell wants part of the Ukraine? Although I suppose the dolly birds will be prettier. Much prettier than those of Berwick on Tweed.

    What we really should be working to get back is Anjou!

    War with France, it is a policy that has never failed and never had a downside.

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