- Published on Feb 28, 2014
The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev has formed a new government while the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, home to a Russian majority, has announced plans to hold a referendum on its future amid ongoing turmoil following last week’s violence in Kiev. On Friday, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich pledged to fight for Ukraine during a press conference in southern Russia, appearing in public for the first time since he fled Kiev amid bloody riots and denying he had been ousted. US President Barack Obama also addressed the press on Friday, praising the new Ukrainian government’s restraint and commitment to uphold its international obligations. Obama also expressed concern about the possibility of Russia taking military action in Ukraine, especially in Crimea, the home to many ethnic Russians. RT’s Liz Wahl discusses the US posturing towards Russia with Brian Becker, national coordinator for the anti-war ANSWER Coalition.