Western options so far appear to be limited to diplomatic overtures and rebukes. But tensions are taking a toll on Russian stocks and bonds as well as the ruble.
Kremlin outlet RT is a window into how Russia sees events in Ukraine, and where it wants things to go.
European officials say the two sides are nearing an agreement that would include reduced presidential powers and early elections in December.
Protesters retook Kiev's Independence Square this morning, driving back riot police in clashes that resulted in at least 22 deaths, mostly protesters.