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The toppling of President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine has led to escalating tensions, with fears of a Russian takeover of the Crimean peninsula.
Russian troops entered Ukraine to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Ukraine. Ukrainian installations are surrounded by Russian soldiers, and shots were fired.
Talks in Paris between Russia and Western powers have ended without agreement.
Pressure on the Ukrainian interim government in Kiev is mounting by the day. The southern province of Crimea is to hold a referendum on whether to join the Russian Federation.
In a show of support for Kiev, President Obama has invited Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the White House for talks. Have a look at a map of Ukraine and its neighbouring countries.
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