March 4 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemns Russia's ''act of aggression'' in Ukraine's Crimea region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday (March 4) condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine's Crimea region. Visiting Kiev to show support for Ukraine's new leaders after Russian forces took control of Crimea, Kerry said there was no evidence to support Moscow's version of events - that Russian speakers are in danger in Ukraine. "We condemn the Russian Federation's act of aggression and we have, throughout this moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation we will stand with the people of Ukraine," Kerry told a news conference in the Ukrainian capital. Russian forces have taken over military installations and other buildings in Crimea, a peninsula where Russia's Black Sea Fleet has a base. President Vladimir Putin says he reserves the right to use force as a last resort to protect compatriots.