Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev today to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package.
The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.
Meantime, standoffs continue outside Ukranian military bases that have been taken over by Russian troops in the Crimea. The BBC's Christian Fraser joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson from Sevastopol, Crimea, with the latest.
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- Christian Fraser, correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @ForeignCorresp.
This segment aired on March 4, 2014.