Russian special forces storm the Ukrainian military airbase in Belbek near the Crimean city of Sevastopol on March 22, 2014. Belbek was the last Ukrainian military base, which has not surrendered after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. (Photo by Oleg Klimov/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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By TIME Video
March 23, 2014

Ukraine Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia told ABC’s This Week Sunday that he was deeply concerned about the Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s eastern border, and said the chances of war were “becoming higher.”

He said Ukraine would continue using diplomatic and economic tactics to contain Russia, but added that “the people are also ready to defend their homeland.”

Meanwhile, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken defended the Obama administration’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of its annexation of the disputed region of Crimea. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Blinken said the Russian economy had taken “a real hit.”


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