A controversial referendum on Crimea rejoining Russia threatens to escalate Ukraine's battle over sovereignty. A video emerges that might further inflame tensions between pro-Russian and pro-Western protesters. John Kerry meets with his Russian counterpart for a second day. Anderson takes a look back at the last 24 hours of the Ukraine crisis.
Anna Coren speaks to Anderson on the phone from Crimea after she was told to stop broadcasting or check out of her hotel. She reports there is a great deal of hostility in the area, but there is also celebration over the news of a referendum on rejoining Russia.
President Obama and President Putin spent about an hour speaking on the phone this evening. According to former national security adviser Stephen Hadley, talk of "diplomatic solutions and off-ramps" is likely having little impact on Putin's plans in Crimea. Hadley also says there is nearly nothing the U.S. can do to stop Crimea from rejoining Russia; at this point the best strategy may be to de- legitimize the referendum.
The Pentagon is sending more fighter jets to Lithuania to beef up NATO's mission patrolling the skies over the Baltic. This comes as Russia orders defense drills right on the Ukrainian border. Senior national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and retired Army Major General James "Spider" Marks look at how the military picture is shaping up across the region.
There are plenty of Ukrainians who want to be part of Russia. In Crimea, lawmakers voted to make that a reality. Within days they plan to let the public vote on the issue. Some say this could be part of Putin's plan to create a new Russian empire. But Professor emeritus of Russian studies at NYU and Princeton Stephen Cohen disagrees and says the west pushed Putin to invade.
More than 100 Ukrainians lost their lives last month during the violent protests in Kiev's Independence Square. Protesters are still living in camps set up there. Anderson asks what it means to them if Crimea votes to rejoin Russia.
Ukrainian activist Kateryna Kruk explained to Anderson why the issue is so close to the hearts of the Ukrainian people.
As a championship boxer, Vitali Klitschko is used to a tough fight. Now, as a Ukrainian opposition leader he is in the middle of a whole new battle. He is one of the leading voices for his country, and last year even suggested he may run for the Presidency. He tells Anderson he wants people in the U.S. to know he appreciates the support his country is receiving from the West.
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