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What's behind the violence in Ukraine?

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(WAOW) -- The violence overseas has sparked world wide speculation about this plane crash. Now, we want to take a closer look at the unrest in Ukraine that's been making headlines for months.

Experts fear, with no end in sight it could be all out war.

“Once Ukrainians said we're no longer using Russian, that's the straw that broke the camels back,” said retired UW-Marathon County political science professor Angela Burger.

The violence began four months ago. In March, part of Ukraine broke away from Russian control. Russia wants that part back.

“That's where they have defense industries, you also have a great deal of food supply," explained Burger.

Burger says that's why we've seen severe violence.

“They said hey, we are Russian, we want to use Russian, you had all this military expertise, plus some help from the outside, and so they started talking over buildings and yeah, we've seen the turmoil,” said Burger.

Burger says Russians are waiting, hoping Ukraine acts out in violence. And if it does, Burger says, Russian government will have no problem firing back.

“The Russians have been trying to re-establish the old empire. They've found the way to do it is protect Russians, to help encourage Russians to rebel or to respond to terrorists movements," said Burger.

So, what does this mean for the United States? Burger says the violence overseas doesn't necessarily effect our day to day lives. On Wednesday, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine as a way to try and stop the violence. This week's events has all eyes on the unrest overseas.

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