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Ukrainian crisis is complex
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In the current political crisis in the Ukraine, the identity of the Bad Guy has been clearly determined by the U.S. media: Russian President Vladimir Putin, the one-time KGB operative with the hooded eyes."The world has not yet forgotten World War II, but Russia already wants to start World War III," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has declared. He accuses Moscow of acting like a "gangster," of supporting "terrorists," and alleges that Putin wishes to build a new Berlin Wall.So what's taking him so long? If Putin really wanted a shooting war in the Ukraine, he's had ample opportunities to start one since the overthrow of that country's Russian-leaning elected government last February.Instead, Putin managed to transfer the Crimean peninsula, with its strategically crucial military bases, from Ukrainian to Russian sovereignty without firing a shot -- an impressive feat of geopolitical gamesmanship whether you trust the cunning rascal or not.