Vitali Klitschko's visit to the eastern city of Donetsk is clearly an attempt to try to ease the divisions with Ukraine.
Eastern Ukraine's Babuchkas, older women who have worked hard to raise families, are said to be the real power in these parts of the world.
Ukranian military commander told ITV News the Russian men "have come to protect us. So why are their guns pointing towards our base?"
Russia could be excluded from a renewed G7 group of international leaders if Moscow does not co-operate in de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine, David Cameron said today.
Responding to a question by Labour leader Ed Miliband today, Mr Cameron said: "You asked whether it would be right to resuscitate the G7 rather than go ahead with a G8.
"I think if we don't make progress on a contact group, if Russia takes further steps, then clearly one of the measures we could bring forward relatively quickly would be a different approach of going back to a G7 rather than a G8. But let's hope that isn't necessary."
Preparations for a G8 meeting in Russia have been placed on hold following a revolution in Kiev and Russia's recent occupation of Crimea.
ITN cameraman Sean Swan has tweeted a picture of armed men at a munitions base in the Crimean town of Chernomorskoe.
Some 200 "Russian" Troops take over a munitions Base in Chernomorskoe Crimea. http://t.co/blz0SspXLg
International powers will meet in London tomorrow to work on drawing up a list of Russian figures who could face asset freezes and travel bans if Moscow fails to de-escalate the current crisis over Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs.
Mr Cameron acknowledged last week that sanctions against Russia could have consequences for the UK and its European Union partners.
But he warned: "Britain's own security and prosperity would be at risk if we allow a situation where countries can just flout international rules without incurring consequences."
PM: @eu_commission to begin work on measures that could be taken against Russia if talks don't get going or don't start producing results.
PM: Vital that #Ukraine proceeds towards free elections which enable all Ukrainians, inc. Russian speakers, to choose their leaders freely.
PM: We must stand up to aggression, uphold international law & support Ukrainian govt & the Ukrainian people's freedom to choose own future.
"If further steps are taken by Russia to destabilise Ukraine there will be additional and far-reaching consequences, including a broad range of economic areas," David Cameron said today.
He added: "Ukrainians want a future free from the awful corruption that they have endured for too long."
The prime minister said that Britain is now providing "substantial and immediate" technical assistance to Ukraine to support the country's elections and assist with reforms on public finance management, debt management and energy pricing.
The EU has also agreed unilaterally to lower trade tariffs and to work with the International Monetary Fund on a package of financial assistance to the Ukrainian government, Mr Cameron added.
Crimea has invited international military observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation to Sunday's referendum on joining Russia, Russia's official news agency Ria has reported, citing a Crimean official.
It said the invitation had been issued to the Vienna-based security and human rights organisation by the region's pro-Russian parliament.
Last week a group of OSCE observers were blocked from entering Crimea, with warning shots reportedly fired at the mission on the third day they attempted to enter the country.
Cameron on Crimea referendum: it will be "illegal, illegitimate and will not be recognised by the international community"
Cameron: Russia sanctions would have consequences for EU including UK but "the costs of not standing up to aggression are far greater"
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia has its own proposals to return the Ukrainian situation to the framework of international law, taking into consideration interests of all Ukrainians.
Russian troops have opened fire during takeover of Ukrainian military post in Crimea - no-one was wounded - according to the Interfax news agency which was quoting a Ukrainian base commander.
The unnamed officer from the motor vehicle battalion of the Ukrainian navy said Russian troops broke in to the base near the inland town of Bakhchisaray some time after 2pm (noon GMT), took mobile phones from the Ukrainians and began trying to remove vehicles.
None of the Ukrainian troops was hurt and the base commander was trying to negotiate an end to the action.
After holding talks with Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski in London, Mr Hague has warned that the EU needs to change the "balance of leverage" between it and Russia.
"Long term, it means that Europe needs to talk about how we recast our approach, including on energy policy, to change the balance of leverage between Russia and the EU," he said
"I believe these consequences will be very important for Russia and vital for the European countries to talk about together."
He said this week would be spent pushing the idea of a contact group, but suggested the next phase of the EU's response could begin when ministers gather again on Monday.