Ukrainian Crisis: Troops Defecting to Pro-Russia Side

Ukraine may be on the brink of civil war as the government takes steps to reclaim properties seized by protestors.
1:53 | 04/16/14

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a defiant display from Al Qaeda. A video posted online shows dozens of armed men greeted by Al Qaeda's leader in Yemen. Standing in the open, he is widely expected to secede ayman ail. The cia is not commenting. A new warning overnight that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. We get reports this morning that members of the Ukrainian military in action for the first time against pro-russian forces are defecting and joining the Russian side. Alex Marquardt is on the front lines with the latest. Alex? Reporter: Good morning, Amy. This operation is still in its early stages, trying to take back what has been seized by pro-russian forces. We've seen defections by you Yan Koran troops, like these ones. As fears grow. On the move, Ukraine's military deploying its forces for what's being called an anti-terrorist operation to quash the violent unrest that has swept eastern Ukraine. There are signs this operation is pulling apart. This group of tanks and armored personnel carrier have defected along with a group of elite soldiers. They've driven into this town occupied by pro-russian forces and raised the Russian flag. President Putin is warning Ukraine that a bloody crackdown on protesters will start a civil war. A threat that has ignited talk of a new cold war between Russia and the U.S., as the white house accuses Russia of supporting and even coordinating this violent uprising. With each passing day this country is falling deeper and deeper into chaos, splitting apart before our eyes. Both sides taking the country to the brink of all-out war. Amy? Alex Marquardt with the latest for that.

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