(PHOTO: Uncle Vlad pulls up a boy's shirt and kisses his tummy. Whassup with that?)
(3-7-14) The Ukraine so-called 'crisis' is another Big Media Distraction. Kremlin oligarch Vladimir Putin a/k/a Uncle Vlad has been doing the same play almost since the time he came into power. So what does he do? He rattles everybody's cage... and then he gets bailed out. That's what the rest of the world has taught him.
Ultimately there isn’t going to be a partition of the Ukraine, like what happened to Yugoslavia. Putin doesn't want that. He just wants to hang on to Crimea, which will become effectively reabsorbed by the federal republic of Russia, no matter what title it goes by or what nominal control Ukraine may have.
Russia will continue to exert influence in eastern Ukraine which is all they're really interested in doing and in order to accomplish this, they will do what they have done before -- rattle the saber with boots on the ground, as they say. Why? Because they know what the response to boots on the ground is going to be.