Putin takes steps to escalate war in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans Wednesday morning to call up to 300,000 reservists to join the fight in Ukraine and threatened to deploy nuclear weapons if Russian territory is threatened. Snap elections scheduled this weekend in four occupied regions of eastern Ukraine are expected to result in their annexation, making them part of Russia, in a move reminiscent of Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Host Marco Werman speaks with Dara Massicot of the Rand Corporation think tank about Putin's escalation of the war and the response from Ukraine and the West.

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