The crisis in Ukraine didn't prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from holding his annual live phone-in today. Correspondent Charles Maynes says the Russian leader gave a vigorous defense of Moscow's role in Ukraine and entertained a call from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Russians, like Europeans and Americans, are closely watching the ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine. New York Times reporter David Herszenhorn says ever since Russia’s unilateral annexation of Crimea, an alarming xenophobic chill has descended on Moscow.
The interim government of Ukraine has retaken control of buildings occupied by pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv. But protesters still hold buildings in other cities in eastern Ukraine. US officials say it is clear Russia is behind the chaos.
NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea. NATO will also review military deployments in eastern Europe.
Vladimir Putin is the central figure in the Ukraine crisis. But what really drives the Russian president? Journalist Adi Ignatius has some ideas. He met Putin when Time Magazine named the Russian leader "Person of the Year" in 2007.