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(CNN) – It's been an ongoing war of words between the U.S. and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has apparently decided to skip right over the Cold War rhetoric and delicately phrased verbal jabs, by comparing Russia's leader to Adolf Hitler.
During a private fundraising event in southern California last night, Clinton drew parallels between Russian president Vladimir Putin's Ukraine strategy and Hitler's moves before World War II.
Clinton was commenting on Putin's decision to protect people in Crimea of Russian descent when, she said: "Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the 30s."
Read: Report: Clinton compares Putin's Ukraine moves to Hitler and Nazi Germany
"Hitler kept saying they're not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that's what's gotten everybody so nervous," she goes on to say, as heard on audio from The Los Angeles Daily News.
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