The Political Crisis In Ukraine

Armed masked men who call themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force stand at their checkpoint under a Russian flag on a highway that connect Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on February 28, 2014. The spiralling tensions in a nation torn between the West and Russia today took a severe new turn when Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russian soldiers and local pro-Kremlin militia of staging raids on Crimea's main airport and another base on the southwest of the peninsula where pro-Moscow sentiments run high.  - (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Armed masked men who call themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force stand at their checkpoint under a Russian flag on a highway that connect Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on February 28, 2014. The spiralling tensions in a nation torn between the West and Russia today took a severe new turn when Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russian soldiers and local pro-Kremlin militia of staging raids on Crimea's main airport and another base on the southwest of the peninsula where pro-Moscow sentiments run high.

(VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Political Crisis In Ukraine

Crimea is the new flash point in the conflict over how strongly Ukraine should align itself with Russia. Latest developments and analysis of the political crisis in Ukraine.

Moscow's foreign minister today vowed Russian troops would remain in Ukraine until the political situation normalizes. Major world powers condemned Russia's occupation over the weekend of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to be in Kiev tomorrow as a show of support for Ukraine's embattled interim government. U.S. and E.U. leaders are discussing sanctions and other options to pressure Russia to withdraw. U.S. officials say military intervention is not one of the options under consideration. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss the latest developments.

Guests

Nadia Diuk

vice president at the National Endowment for Democracy; her most recent book is "The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity and Change."

Christian Caryl

senior fellow, Legatum Institute; contributing editor, Foreign Policy magazine; senior fellow, MIT Center for International Studies; author of "Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century."

Edward Lozansky

president, American University in Moscow; professor, Moscow State University and National Research Nuclear University.

William Booth

reporter, The Washington Post.

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