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The warning may or may not be real, but Russian state media say Ukraine must surrender Crimea tomorrow or face a "military storm." Russian troops have crossed the border, and it's not clear how far President Putin wants to go. Meantime, Ukraine's new government is asking support from the West. As President Obama considers his options in the middle of Europe, the issue's a game-changer for the humanitarian disaster in Syria, which is getting worse by the day We look at two international crisis points, where the US and Russia have critical roles to play.

 

Banner image: Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Photo: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper

The Syrian War and Its Humanitarian Crisis 27 MIN, 19 SEC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said today there must be a third round of peace talks between Syria and its divided opponents. The second round collapsed over disputes about the agenda, and some diplomats have declared the effort a failure. It was an agreement between the US and Russia that got the talks started, with each backing a different side.  What's the impact of the Ukrainian crisis? 

Guests:
Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor (@lrozen)
Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (@DanielSerwer)
Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal (@samdagher)
Steven Simon, International Institute for Strategic Studies

More:
UN Security Council Resolution on Syria (2139)

Russia Makes Threatening Moves in Crimea 23 MIN, 55 SEC

Russian state media have issued threatening warnings today, which have subsequently been contested by the country's diplomatic officials. But Vladimir Putin has had nothing public to say, and officials of the new government in Ukraine are warning about the prospect of an invasion. If Russia does intend to forcefully take control of Crimea, it would violate international laws on territorial integrity. Already, the western powers have threatened various ways to isolate Russia diplomatically and economically. Does Vladimir Putin care?

Guests:
Will Englund, Washington Post
Eugene Rumer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@eugene_rumer)
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center (@DmitriTrenin)
PJ Crowley, George Washington University (@PJCrowley)

More:
Crowley on Putin's mission in Crimea
Englund on Russian forces expanding control of Ukraine's Crimea
President Obama's call with President Putin
Rumer on Putin's reckless Ukraine gambit
Trenin on Crimean crisis, US-Russian relations, possible second Cold War

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