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President Obama is 'deeply concerned' over Russian actions in Ukraine

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President Barack Obama gave a brief statement on what the U.S. wants to happen in regards to Ukraine-Russia relations. (Source: POOL/CNN) President Barack Obama gave a brief statement on what the U.S. wants to happen in regards to Ukraine-Russia relations. (Source: POOL/CNN)

(CNN) – President Barack Obama made a brief statement on the acts of violence in Ukraine Friday, warning Russia not to get involved with the broken country by using its military.

"The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," Obama said, also adding he was "deeply concerned over military actions already occurring in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Ukrainian officials called Russia's action in Crimea an "armed invasion."

President Obama said that it should be up to the people of the Ukraine to decide where the country's future is headed, and not up Russia's interest in keeping its former Soviet Union member tied up.

"Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: the Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future," the president said.

Earlier on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov assured him that Russia is "not engaging in any violation of the sovereignty" of Ukraine.

"Right now the situation remains very fluid," Obama said. "Vice President Biden just spoke with the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment, the United States supports his government's efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and democratic future of Ukraine."

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gave a press conference from Russia on Friday, insisting that he's still Ukraine's legitimate elected leader and would not give up.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of avoiding an escalation in the violence in Ukraine during a phone call with European leaders Friday.

"I also spoke several days ago with President Putin and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we have made clear that they can be part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward which is, not only in the interest of the people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia's interest," Obama said.

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