Why? Because they know what the response to boots on the ground is going to be. Ukraine will be offered money by the European Union and they will be offered money by the United States.
The stories about snipers shooting at the protesters as well as the police is another effort to destabilize Ukraine, covertly of course, and to keep the newly ensconced Ukrainian government off balance, portraying them as seemingly illegitimate by showing their inability to control the situation in Ukraine.
This is exactly what Putin has been able to do. It is a smart tactic and what Putin wanted was to make sure that the European Union would come in with an emergency infusion of money and lift some of their normal requirements, but that the EU would actually control the disbursement of the money itâ€™s going to lend to Ukraine.
Lest we forget -- the last two times the European Union granted loans to Ukraine, the previous Ukrainian governments simply stole all the money.
Putin is concerned that the same thing will happen again and his attitude is that only he should be allowed to be the Principal Fraudster of the Steppes â€“ and nobody else.
Now the weaselly technocrat and former banker Arseniy Yatseniuk, who is the speaker of the Ukrainian house of representatives, is acting as the defacto president without any election having occurred yet.
The Ukrainians had to have someone to step in and fill the power vacuum that they themselves created when they pushed the Putin-supported fraudster Yanukovich out.
So what's next?
Putin is going to get what he wants. He will get control of the Crimea which he had all along but now it will be more legitimized. Russia will then increase its influence in eastern Ukraine.
The European Union will come up with 15 billion euros of emergency lending. They will waive their normal tight fiscal restrictions or at least loosen them which they have said they already would.
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* AL MARTIN, author of "The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider," is an Independent Political-Economic Analyst with 25 years of experience as a trader on NYMEX, CME, CBOT and CFTC. He is also currently trading the commodity futures market day and night and has a teleconferencing service to facilitate transactions in the markets. This is a service for independent experienced traders.
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