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Ukraine / Crisis #1100733

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 03, 2014
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland: Andrea Mitchell) The crisis in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin moved troops into Crimea reviewed; scenes shown of Putin watching military exercises; details given about possible US sanctions and disagreement among European leaders over how to punish Russia; remarks from German Chancellor Angela Merkel quoted. [President OBAMA, British Prime Minister David CAMERON – criticize Russia.] [U.N. Ambassador Samantha POWER†- says what is happening is an act of aggression.] [“The New Yorker” editor David REMNICK†- suggests Putin’s reluctance & weakness in the US.] [Senator John McCAIN†- says this is the result of a feckless foreign policy.]

(Sevastopol, Ukraine: Bill Neely) The Russian presence in Crimea featured; scenes shown of Russian troops marching across Crimea and surrounding Ukrainian army bases, Ukraine’s navy singing their national anthem, protestors in Donetsk demanding a split with western Ukraine; details given about how Russia’s invasion was welcomed by Crimean residents. [WOMAN, MAN – say they want to be part of Russia.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live interview held with former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul† about the crisis. [From Palo Alto, California, McFAUL - says Ukraine is important to Putin’s vision of a Eurasian economic union and the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych†† was a blow; comments on the probability of a diplomatic solution.]

Williams, Brian;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Neely, Bill

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