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March 4th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Sen. Corker: It will be very difficult to get Russians out of Crimea

(CNN) – A defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin denied having designs on seizing Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, while defending his country's right to intervene to protect ethnic Russians and others he said were under threat.

"I'm not worried that a war will start, because we're not going to go to war with Ukraine," he said. "I want you to understand clearly: If we do this, it will only be to protect local people."

But on the ground, the Russian siege of Ukrainian military facilities continued.

"It's going to be very difficult to get the Russians out of Crimea," said Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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March 4th, 2014
11:47 AM ET

Would Ukraine's military stand a chance?

Russia's armed forces number 774,500; Ukraine has just 139,000 troops. Could a nation roughly the size of Texas stand a fighting chance against Russia's might? CNN's Jake Tapper and Tom Foreman discuss.

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March 4th, 2014
11:44 AM ET

U.S. considers steps to isolate Russia

CNN's Jake Tapper and Brigadier Gen. Kevin Ryan discuss the United States' move to halt all military cooperation with Russia.

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March 4th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Kerry tours Kiev's Independence Square

CNN's Jake Tapper and Matthew Chance discuss Secretary of State John Kerry's tour of Independence Square in Kiev. He arrived in Kiev earlier today to meet with Ukraine's prime minister and acting president, to discuss financial aid.

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March 4th, 2014
11:21 AM ET

Putin threatens more military action

CNN's Jake Tapper and Phil Black discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement defending the invasion of Ukraine.

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