The historical region of Novorossiya or New Russia. one of many provinces of the Russian Empire prior to the 20th century.
The self declared independent people's republic of Donetsk and Lughansk have voted to form a new territorial union in Eastern Ukraine named Novorossiya or New Russia. Novorossiya is based on the actual historical region of Novorossiya that existed in Eastern Ukraine prior 1917 Russian Revolution. The Russian Empire absorbed Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Yugoslavia and Central Asia nearly following the borderlands of Soviet Union. The United States and other pro Maidan Western governments have challenged the people's republic's successful independent referendum. The West still promises to have Kiev's back if Russia flinches the wrong way. The creators of the soon to be Union of Novorossiya could care less what Western governments think of Russia and their hypocrisy in support for Maidan protesters and tolerating neo Nazis and fascistas Pravy Sektor and Svoboda.