Did Putin Just Blink?

Does Putin's new position on elections in Ukraine mean he wants a deal? Let's hope.
Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made an art of keeping his detractors off-balance from the start of the crisis in Ukraine. Today, he had even pro-Russian separatists lost for words when he called on them to postpone a May 11 referendum on how to federalize (read: break up) the country.

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