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Russia's troop movements have World on edge

CNN
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:03pm

Much of the world is on edge today as Russia comes down hard on Ukraine.

Thousands of Russian troops are already in the country and now Moscow is considering legislation that will make part of Ukraine, Russian territory.

Russia is denying reports it's planning a full military assault if Ukrainian forces don't surrender.
State media in Russia reported a Russian naval commander issued that threat to Crimean authorities.

A few hours later, Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for the Russian Black Sea fleet calling those reports "utter rubbish."

But whatever Russia has planned, U.S. officials estimate six thousand Russian troops are already in Crimea, taking full operational control there.

This has put the rest of the world on edge.

“The steps Russia has taken are a violation of Ukraine sovereignty, Ukraine’s territorial integrity. They are in violation of international law,” President Obama said.

In Moscow, Russia’s parliament is considering legislation that could ultimately lead to the annexation of Crimea as Russian territory.

Russia says it simply wants to protect its people but Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN isn't buying it.

Ambassador Yuryi Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of the Ukraine to the U.N. said there is, “no evidence that the Russian speaking population or Russian ethnic population in Crimea are under threat.”

In Washington Secretary of State John Kerry, echoed President Obama's feelings, condemning Russia’s invasion of Crimea as an "incredible act of aggression. Kerry is expected to arrive in the region on Tuesday.

In the meantime, the rest of the world is watching and waiting. Many countries are warning that if Russia doesn't back down, there will be consequences. Those include economic sanctions and a break in diplomatic relations.

Canada has recalled its ambassador to Moscow, and the world's 7 major powers have also suspended preparations for the upcoming G8 summit.

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