Time now for a look through some of the other international headlines we're following this Wednesday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) Tensions are rising over the Ukraine crisis and some private comments made by Russian President Vladimir Putin seem to be adding a new dimension to the crisis?
That's right, Mark. President Putin had told the outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso that his forces could conquer Ukraine's capital in two weeks upon his order.
It was said in a private phone conversation that was leaked and published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The Kremlin has not denied the comments but did say it was taken out of context.
Moscow, on the record, has been denying reports of Russian troops in Ukraine.
This as world leaders are beginning to arrive in Wales, where a NATO summit is to begin on Thursday, during which they are expected to approve the creation of a rapid-response force to counter Moscow.
U.S. President Barack Obama is also on his way there via Estonia, where he will try to re-assure Baltic States rattled by Russia's apparent incursion into Ukraine.