Ukrainian officials have been evacuating people from the eastern town of Debaltseve, as pro-Russian separatist forces have closed in on the city, which is now almost completely surrounded.
This comes as both sides have announced causalities in the double digits and an end to ceasefire talks with no deal. U.S. officials are now recommending expanding aid to the Ukrainian government to include defensive weapons and equipment.
Here & Now's Robin Young spoke with David Stern of the BBC for a closer look.
- David Stern, correspondent for the BBC in Ukraine. He tweets @loydstern.
This segment aired on February 2, 2015.