March 5 - Ukraine's army is on high alert amid growing tension with Russia. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Ukraine's army is on high alert amid growing tension with Russia, with army chiefs saying troops and armor are ready to protect borders.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) COLONEL ANDRIY GRYSHCHENKO, SAYING:
"The mechanized armor is ready for use and ready to protect the integrity and security of Ukraine's borders and protect the Ukrainian people."
Ukraine mobilized for war Sunday. That came as Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.
One member of parliament, Petro Poroshenko, says Ukraine will concede nothing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) MEMBER OF UKRAINE'S PARLIAMENT PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:
"Nobody will be bargaining about Crimea. Under no circumstances. There can be no compromise resulting in Ukraine loosing a part of its territory even under the most beneficial circumstances. This is unacceptable. We will not allow this to happen. We will be doing everything to restore constitutional order in Crimea."
Ukraine's military is no match for Russia. Britain's International Institute of Strategic Studies says Kiev has fewer than 130,000 troops with planes barely ready to fly and few spare parts for a single submarine.
Russia, by contrast, has spent billions under Putin to upgrade and modernize the capabilities of forces.
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