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March 5th, 2014
10:28 PM ET

Tensions grow in Ukraine

Street protests in Ukraine get heated. A U.N. envoy is threatened by gunmen in Crimea. Ukraine's prime minister invokes the Cold War in his demand for Russia to withdraw forces. Anderson takes a look at the last 24 hours in the Ukraine crisis.

Anderson got the latest on the situation in Crimea from Ben Wedeman, who is on the ground there.

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March 5th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

Bill Richardson: We need to keep the pressure on

Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart in Paris. Secretary Kerry described the talks as "the beginning of a negotiation" and told reporters "all parties agreed… it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue." Can dialogue defuse the Ukraine crisis? Anderson spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson.

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March 5th, 2014
10:25 PM ET

Former RT anchor explains her on-air resignation

Liz Wahl is an American who until today worked for the Russian state-owned news network RT. She announced her resignation on air and accused her employers of glossing over Putin's actions in Ukraine. She told Anderson she decided the time was right because "the propagandist nature of RT came out in full force."

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March 5th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

When did Putin decide to invade Ukraine?

CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reports there are now indications the invasion of Crimea was "not a vastly premeditated decision by Putin." But there are serious questions about why the U.S. did not have more warning the crisis was coming. Anderson discussed how well America's intelligence agencies can keep tabs on Russia with Sciutto and former CIA officer Bob Baer.

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March 5th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

Can Putin build a new Russian Empire?

There is plenty of Cold War rhetoric being used to describe Russia's invasion of Crimea. Putin has made no secret of his nostalgia for the old Soviet Union. But some say his ambitions in Ukraine are to build a new Russian empire to go up against the European Union and NATO. Anderson discussed this with CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and Stephen Hadley, who is a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush.

 

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March 5th, 2014
10:20 PM ET

Hillary Clinton compares Putin to Hitler

During a private fundraiser, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Putin's claims of protecting minorities as justification for invading Ukraine to similar actions by Hitler in the 1930s. Anderson discussed these remarks and Putin's strategies with author Masha Gessen and Ariel Cohen, who is a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation who interviewed Putin several times.

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March 5th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Senator Lindsey Graham: When our president says there will be consequences and there aren't, that hurts us

Senator Lindsey Graham criticized President Obama's handling of the Ukraine invasion by tweeting:

It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.

Chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash asked Senator Graham about this line of criticism.

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March 5th, 2014
08:39 PM ET

RT responds to Liz Wahl's resignation

Former RT anchor Liz Wahl just spoke with Anderson Cooper about her decision to resign on-air over the network's coverage of the Ukraine crisis. RT just released the following statement on Ms. Wahl's resignation. 

"Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence.  The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization,
the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big  public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path".

 

 

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