Former president Viktor Yanukovych spoke from exile in Russia about the perils facing Ukrainians living under a 'bandit regime', echoing Moscow's narrative but adding little to the debate.
Ukraine is sparring with Russia over the identity of snipers who killed scores of people, police as well as protesters, last last month in Kiev. Solving the mystery could bolster or delegitimize Ukraine's leaders.
The Crimean parliament declared its intention to become Russian territory, and will hold a referendum soon. But the Kremlin may have more to gain if Crimea remains within Ukraine.
The Kremlin seems ready to detach Crimea, a Russian-speaking enclave and naval base, from Ukraine, but don't call it annexation – yet.
Russia has invoked the need to protect its citizens and kinfolk in troubled foreign lands.
To Russian eyes, Vladimir Putin's decision to deploy troops to Ukraine is a peacekeeping measure, not a matter of expansionist aggression.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to send troops to Ukraine drew mass support on the streets of Moscow. Small anti-war protests were broken up with 361 arrests.
Kremlin outlet RT is a window into how Russia sees events in Ukraine, and where it wants things to go.
The Russian prime minister attacked the legitimacy of Kiev's government, which ousted President Yanukovych over the weekend. But Moscow is waiting to see what happens next before acting.
Russia's leader, eager to burnish his legacy and boost the country's global standing, has risked a lot of prestige in staging the most expensive Olympics in history.