Former president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk is a media person in Ukraine, and has a large presence on the television there...
Appearing on the "5 channel" he had this to say:
Those processes that have taken place in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine were not only caused by the Russians. The cause [of this] is our senseless policy in relation to the regions. The problem is that we have been declaring the idea of independence of regions. But in practice all financial flows have been going through the center, and the center was robbing them (that is regions)
I talk to many people, [and] such poverty as in Lugansk and other regions is impossible to find. Even though these are relatively wealthy regions. Therefore there was basis for [social tensions] to blow up. However, there wasn't any basis for these regions to come to the idea to separate from Ukraine.
Kravchuk has not seen the light entirely in my opinion. He is correct that people's economic needs have not been met by the unitary arrangement, but so haven't cultural needs of the people. The latter is what gave people of Eastern Ukraine the idea to separate from Ukraine. Fair enough, I guess Kravchuk still wants to maintain his presence on Ukrainian media which have for months been claiming that no discrimination of the Russian cultural element has been taking place. And hence, the people in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea have had nothing to complain about.
Another aspect of Ukrainian propaganda is to label the protests and uprising in the Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as Russian instigated, or at the very least Russian inspired. The point is to downplay internal causes, and the inconvenient fact that who the Ukrainian forces are fighting in the East are largely natives of the region. I guess it makes leveling cities from multiple rocket launchers easier. On top of that, an outside enemy helps to consolidate the public, and is a useful target to blame economic hardships on.