Force is option in Ukraine, Putin says

Kerry visits Kiev, pledges $1 billion

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 5:45 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking Tuesday on Russian Television, said that he did not want a military conflict in Ukraine and that if he sent troops in, “it will only be for the protection of Ukrainian citizens.”

President Vladimir Putin of Russia broke his silence over the Ukraine crisis for the first time since it boiled over into a possible armed confrontation, saying Tuesday that he saw no reason for Russian forces to intervene in eastern Ukraine at the moment but leaving open the possibility of military action.

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