Transcript for Russian Troops Deployed to Ukraine Border
morning, concerns that Russia could now be on the verge of invading Ukraine. The growing tensions are rattling global stock markets at this hour. The Dow plunging more than 230 points just yesterday. At this hour, thousands of Russian troops have been deployed to Ukraine's border ahead of this weekend's big vote when the people in crimea could decide to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. ABC's Alex Marquardt is there. Alex, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, josh. These troops believed to be Russian have already taken over crimea and now Ukrainian officials are warning of a full-scale invasion by those Russian forces amassing along Ukraine's border. Almost 9,000 troops along with tanks and artillery raising fears that Russia wants to go beyond crimea and invade eastern Ukraine. That's where we're seeing rising violence. Overnight at least one person killed in clashes with pro-russian protesters. Fueling fears of more bloodshed to come. Secretary of state John Kerry is in London today for a meeting with his Russian counterpart. A last-ditch effort to try to get Russia to withdraw its troops from crimea and to delay the referendum here in crimea set for Sunday. But American officials say there's little hope of that and are warning of very serious steps to try to stop Russia's advance.
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