Six key takeaways from Vladimir Putin's press conference today about Russia's involvement in Ukraine.
With the White House and Congress mostly in accord on Ukraine, lawmakers are working on loan guarantees and other measures to shore up the shaky and nearly bankrupt government in Kiev.
With Secretary of State Kerry traveling to Kiev Tuesday to demonstrate US support for Ukraine, critics of Obama's foreign policy doctrine are hoping the trip signals the end of 'lead from behind.'
To Russian eyes, Vladimir Putin's decision to deploy troops to Ukraine is a peacekeeping measure, not a matter of expansionist aggression.
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.
Ukraine's confrontation with Russia over Crimea deepened today, with claims that Ukraine's top admiral defected and Russian troop movements in the peninsula.
An expanded Russian invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula seems imminent. So far Ukraine has avoided confrontations with Russian troops, but there are fears of a slip towards war.
The Russian parliament voted Saturday to send troops into Crimea, officially endorsing the policy already underway in the Black Sea region of Ukraine.
President Obama said violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity would be 'deeply destabilizing' and warned Russia of unspecified 'costs' for military interference. But US options appear limited.
A series of missteps may mean the new government in Kiev has lost what influence it had in Ukraine's Russia-friendly southern regions.