March 2 - Ukranian-Americans rally outside the White House for U.S. support of their native homeland as Russia prepares to invade. Mana Rabiee reports.
NATS WOMAN WITH BULL HORN "Make sure that there is no Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine because they are not peace keepers." That was the message on Saturday outside the White House. That's where some 100 demonstrators, many of them Ukranian-Americans, rallied against Russian military intervention in Ukraine's eastern region of Crimea. Including Kateryna Harding who comes from eastern Ukraine. SOUNDBITE: UKRANIAN-AMERICAN KATERYNA HARDING SAYING: "I don't think anybody in their right mind can support the blatant aggression that's being done now. Inia Tunstall says her parents left Ukraine during World War II to escape the Russians. This is "history repeating itself" she says, and she's critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. SOUNDBTIE: UKRANIAN-AMERICAN INIA TUNSTALL SAYING: "What Putin is doing, he's using the same old excuse that Hitler used when he invaded Austra; that Putin used when he invaded Georgia. This is something that has to be stopped, he's acting like a dictator." U.S. President Barack Obama warned Putin on Saturday that Russia was in violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. He raised the possibility of sanctions if Russian troops aren't withdrawn. NATS MAN WITH BULL HORN "I want you to keep fighting for your country, because if you do fight for it anything can happen." For now, these Ukranian-Americans are hoping for a quick de-escalation of tensions. And they're rallying their adoptive government to support their native homeland.