Transcript for Russian and Ukraine Forces Clash
Thank you Brian Ross. Next we head overseas to chaos in Ukraine. Russian president Vladimir put ton has said it's a country on the brink of a civil war. So what happens now? ABC's Alex Marquardt takes us to Ukraine tonight Reporter: Striking back. Ukraine's military launching and offensive today to stomp out pro-russian violence. This is Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation in full swing, those helicopters loaded with Ukrainian special forces, we presume going to take back what has been seized by pro-russian protestors. Reporter: Their first target, an occupied airfield, quickly won back. Reports of wounded protestors raising fears in Washington that Moscow will use bloodshed as an excuse to invade, drawing America deeper into this dangerous standoff. Most here find themselves caught in the middle. I don't want troops to be here. Really, it's really dangerous for our people. Reporter: For now, life goes on. Afternoon TV today still airing steamy soap operas as the operation got underway. That may soon change. Tonight, the U.S. Is threatening more sanctions against Russia for meddling in Ukraine, seemingly a last-ditch effort to stop the March to war. Alex Marquardt, ABC news in eastern Ukraine.
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