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The most frequently used label for the current conflict in Eastern Europe, the “Ukraine Crisis,” is doubly misleading. It not only distracts from the predominant instigator and driving force of the escalating conflicts in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine – the Kremlin. It may also mislead one into thinking of the “Ukraine Crisis” as merely a local and temporary problem. In the understanding of too many Western journalists, diplomats and politicians, the “Ukraine Crisis” may have dire consequences for Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, anti-imperialist Russians, and other East Europeans.