Obama Heads to Europe to Meet With European Leaders

President Obama travels to Europe looking to form a united economic front against Russia and comfort Eastern European allies.
3:00 | 03/23/14

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Be we turn now to Ukraine this evening. Our team this weekend in the middle of a fire storm. Russian forces demanding our reporter turn over his material as those forces moved in to take over crimea. After voters there decided to rejoin Russia. Tonight, president Obama heading overseas for urgent meetings over what to do about president Putin's moves. ABC's Alex Marquardt, who stayed on the scene for us, reporting in again tonight. Reporter: President Putin boasted that Russia took over crimea without firing a shot. That was before his forces violently stormed ukranian bases this weekend, forcing Ukrainian troops to surrender. They've been ordered to turn their backs on the Russian forces just behind them, who are very heavily armed. As shots rang out, one Russian soldier ripped down the web cam broadcasting their attack to the world. In traveling to Europe, president Obama is looking to form a united economic front against Russia and to comfort eastern european allies, nervous that Putin may not yet be finished. Around 20,000 Russian troops have massed along the border with eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's acting foreign minister today told ABC's Martha Raddatz that chances of war are very high. We don't know what Putin has in his mind and what will be his decision. That's why this situation is becoming even more explosive than it used to be a week ago. Reporter: Top Russian officials including president Putin have repeatedly insisted they have no plans to invade eastern Ukraine, but after Russia's takeover here in crimea, there is very little trust between Washington and Moscow. David? All right, thank you, Alex.

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