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WMU Professor says trouble in the Ukraine could be a problem for the world

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People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014. Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula on Thursday and raised the Russian flag in a challenge to the country's new rulers. 
REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014. Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula on Thursday and raised the Russian flag in a challenge to the country's new rulers. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Ukraine is heating up, and a WMU Professor says the situation there is a lot more complex than the news media has been able or willing to report. 

The President 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, east to west with different religions and cultures. 

He says picking the good guys from the bad guys is more complicated than just picking who sides with Russian and who sides with the west and Europe. 

The acting president of the Ukraine 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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