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Ukrainian soldier sits in a tank during a military exercise near Goncharovsk village of the Chernigov area in Ukraine on March 14, 2014. Russian troops have gathered near the Ukraine border for exercises as the standoff continues over Crimea. (UPI /Landov)

Episode 526: A Planet Money War

Mar 21, 2014

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There are reportedly tens of thousands of Russian troops on the eastern Ukrainian border. The Russians have already taken control of the Crimean Peninsula; what was once Ukraine is now Russia. But, the United States and the rest of Europe refuse to recognize this. There might be an actual war soon, but not this week. For now, the battle is financial.

On today's episode: how to use money as a weapon. Can you stop one of the biggest militaries in the world with sanctions?

Music: Kanye West's "Power." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

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