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Local defense analyst weighs in on Ukraine crisis

All eyes are on Ukraine this evening as they are close to being in an all out war.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - All eyes are on Ukraine this evening as they are close to being in an all out war.

President Obama spent 90 minutes on the phone with Russian President Vladimier Putin. He told him there will be serious consequences for moving troops into the Crimean peninsula.

“There will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” Obama said.

Ukraine is under a new government after ousting the former President Viktor Yanukovych.

Horrific bloody clashes have already filled the streets between pro-Russian supporters and supporters of the new Ukranian government.

"We are calling for the international monitors of the situation Ukraine with regard to the aggression of the Russian Federation. We urge all members states of the United Nations to demonstrate solidarity with Ukrainian nation to protect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” said the Permanet Rep. of Ukraine Yuriy A. Sergeyev.

Defense analyst Dodge Billingsley, who is familiar with the region, sat down with ABC 4 on Saturday.

“Russia can't let Crimea go," Billingsley said. "They want that warm water port they have always stationed troops there."

He says Ukraine can defend itself but it may come at a huge cost as Putin continues to show his power.

“We know where his ambitions lay, and I don't think there is the will in the West to draw that line,” Billingsley added. “They make a play for Crimea, and Russia squashes it. Crimea is gone I don't think it's part of Ukraine anymore.”

Ukraine is currently under combat alert.

As a precautionary measure, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pulled 23 of its missionaries out of the Crimean peninsula and moved them to other areas within the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk mission.

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