March 30 -- Several thousand people carry Ukrainian flag through central Odessa protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of Ukrainians marched through the seaside city of Odessa on Sunday to show solidarity with Kiev and protest further Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory. Demonstrators said they held the march in response to Russia's military seizure and annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a March 16 referendum dismissed as a sham by Western governments that say it violated Ukraine's constitution and was held only after Russian forces seized control of the Black Sea peninsula. The West has refused to recognize Crimea's absorption into Russia although U.S. officials acknowledge that the takeover of the predominantly Russian-speaking region is not likely to be resolved soon. Instead, talks have honed in on warnings to Moscow not to go further into Ukraine, promising tougher sanctions against Russia's stuttering economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine.