Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Continued Russian military presence on Ukrainian border threatening

See also

Weeks after a Russian takeover of the Ukrainian capital city of Crimea, Russian military tanks and artillery menace Ukraine by what Russia calls military exercises. This Week with George Stephanopoulos called it a “showdown” on Sunday, March 30, reporting that as Putin amasses a significant number of troops at the border with Ukraine, Obama demands he pull back. In an ABC News exclusive with George, Russian Federation ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, claimed that Crimea “is a part of Russian Federation” and that because of “a lot of things that have happened … and one has to be very realistic about it” the troops are there for the security “of people living in Crimea.”

Friday, March 28, The Wall Street Journal reported that according to the Associated Press, more than 20,000 Russian troops have been deployed along the Russian border with eastern Ukraine under the guise of conducting military maneuvers, based upon estimates of U.S. and European security agencies. On Sunday's This Week it was reported that “U.S. intelligence agencies now estimate there are up to 40 – 50,000 Russian troops along Ukraine's eastern border.”

In an interview in Vatican City on Friday, March 28, U.S. president, Barack Obama, told CBS This Morning that the moves might be no more than an effort to intimidate Ukraine, but also could be a precursor to other actions.

President Obama said in the CBS interview Friday,

"You've seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in Paris to engage in “some last ditch diplomacy” talks with Russia's prime minister, according to Stephanopoulos on Sunday's program.

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con

Related Videos:

  • Liu Yiqian cup: Billionaire drinks tea from ancient cup and draws criticism
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cCe5h9y7i1k?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Europe can no longer ignore crisis in Ukraine
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518327619" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518327619&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines jet shot down by rebels
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518325969" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518325969&autoStart=true"></div>