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WMU professor advises to keep watch on Ukraine

WMU Political Science Professor, Dr. James Butterfield, a Russian expert.
WMU Political Science Professor, Dr. James Butterfield, a Russian expert.

KALAMAZOO (WTVB) - The Ukraine is heating up, and a Western Michigan University Professor says the situation there is a lot more complex than the news media has been able to show.

President Obama felt compelled to hold a news conference warning Russia to keep its troops out, after reports that special forces seized the two main airports in the Crimea.   That is the portion of the Ukraine that is still largely populated by ethnic Russians. WMU Russia expert James Butterfield says it’s a country divided racially, politically and economically and a civil war there would have a global impact. The acting president fears that Russia is going to attempt to bite off part of the country, and the deposed president is now in Russia, saying he is still president and intends to return to power.

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