Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion.
For many, it's hard to imagine the violence playing out now in Odessa — the charming port city on the Black Sea is known for its literature, arts, and perhaps above all else, humor. It's especially hard for The World's reporter Jason Margolis.
Violence in Ukraine has now spread to the city of Odessa, a resort town on the Black Sea. Writer Keith Gessen tells PRI's The World that Odessa has always been a special place to Ukrainians and Russians, known as a city where many cultures mixed.
As the Russian military moves into Crimea, there seem to be few good options for the US and NATO. Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan sees economic sanctions as one of the few tools, but that requires time and a focus on the long-term strategy.
Russia's military moves since the fall of Ukraine's government last week seem to signal one thing. Russia is not prepared to lose the Crimea. And the reason is pretty straightforward, if you look at history.
Islamic militants have threatened to disrupt the Sochi Olympics in part because they claim the Games are taking place on former Muslim lands. Local Muslim tribes were ethnically cleansed by the Russians in the 19th century. And that's just one small piece of Sochi's history.
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