Obama: No military option is on the table in Ukraine

WASHINGTON D.C. (KSDK) – During an interview with NewsChannel 5 anchor Mike Bush at the White House Wednesday, President Barack Obama said there is currently no military option on the table in Ukraine.

"We do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia," Obama said. "The Ukrainians don't want that, nobody would want that.

"But what we can do is stand up for principle, stand by the Ukrainian people."

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He went on to express support for a piece of legislation that would give aid and assistance to Ukraine, as well as stricter economic sanctions against Russia.

"What we're going to do is this: we've sent a clear message to Mr. Putin that we'll probably be doing more stuff over the next several days, and ultimately, if we see the continuation of the process, then in coordination with our European allies, you can expect even more disruptive economic actions that could end up having a significant impact on the Russian economy."

Ukraine's government said Wednesday it will pull its troops from Crimea, where Russian troops and Crimean allies are seizing military bases and officers, USA TODAY reports.

Watch Bush's full interview with the president here: http://on.ksdk.com/1gchTpA


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