Consider also accepting "that way" as a translation for так here. This expression is common, or at least in American English.
Added "this way" and "that way". Thanks! You're helping a lot recently!! ^_^
Is "People in the East do not think like that" also acceptable?
Yes! It has a slightly different meaning from "so", but "this/that way" and "like this/that" is a valid translation. Thanks, I added it as an option.
Is this a political reference to Donetsk and Luhansk?