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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine: Discussion "over" on Crimea's future

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:24

March 10 - The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine says Crimea should remain part of Ukraine and commends Ukraine's acting government for resisting provocations. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Russian forces consolidate their hold on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula Monday, taking over a military hospital and a missile base as officials gear up for a referendum on the region's future. Against this backdrop, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt is adamant about Crimea's future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE GEOFFREY PYATT SAYING: "Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion is over." The Russian forces' seizure of the region has been bloodless, but tensions are mounting following the decision by pro-Russian groups there to make Crimea part of Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE GEOFFREY PYATT SAYING: "The very strong view is that there is no military solution to this crisis. This is a crisis which needs to be solved diplomatically. The Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian military forces in Crimea have an exceptional record so far of resisting the provocations that are clearly being undertaken by the Russian forces on the ground trying to drive toward some kind of a military confrontation." Some 200 Russian soldiers threatened to storm the hospital if the Ukrainian soldiers failed to give up their weapons. The hospital take-over followed the disarmament of servicemen at a Ukrainian army missile base in Crimea.

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine: Discussion "over" on Crimea's future

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:24