At some point the West's warnings will have to become deeds, part of the problem is they don't know which Putin they're dealing with.
Rugged Russian President Vladmir Putin visited a centre for endangered Persian leopards at Sochi National Park.
These are difficult days for Ukraine, a country edging toward its second revolution in a decade.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in an ice hockey match between Russian amateur players and ice hockey stars, at a festival of Russia's amateur hockey.
Donned in a red outfit and pads, the event was organised by the Night Hockey League near the Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
The Obama administration has attacked Vladimir Putin over his visit to Crimea today, calling the move "provocative and unnecessary".
The Russian President visited the peninsula, annexed from Ukraine in March, to mark the anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a strong condemnation of the visit, saying:
"This trip is provocative and unnecessary. Crimea belongs to Ukraine and we don't recognize, of course, the illegal and illegitimate steps by Russia in that regard,"
European Ambassadors have agreed in principle to add approximately 15 people and five Crimean-based companies to the Russia sanctions list, diplomats told Reuters.
President Vladimir Putin has hailed the Crimea region joining Russia as he visited the area for the first time since it was annexed from Ukraine in March.
Putin delivered a speech in the city of Sevastopol and watched a parade of Russian navy ships and a flyby of Russian aircraft which marked Victory Day - the World War Two defeat of Nazi Germany.
Ukraine has condemned Putin's visit as trampling on international law and deliberately escalating the crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended a Victory Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, marking his first visit to the area since it was annexed in March.
His visit to the region is likely to outrage the West and has already been denounced by the Ukrainian government, with the foreign ministry calling it a "deliberate escalation" of the crisis.
Putin flew to Crimea after attending a military parade in Moscow, which was making the anniversary of the World War Two victory over Nazi Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Crimea is a "deliberate escalation" of the crisis, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, the Kremlin press office said.
His arrival comes on the day of Victory Day parades across the region, which celebrates the Soviet victory in World War Two.
A Victory Day parade celebrating the Soviet victory in World War Two is being held in Donetsk, Ukraine, but Ukrainian flags are nowhere to be seen.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has tweeted from Donetsk, Ukraine:
A huge Victory Day parade has been held in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin praising the "iron will of the Soviet people," which saved Europe from slavery.
The military ceremony is held to mark the Soviet victory in World War Two and comes as tensions continue to rise in Ukraine with Russian nationalism high after the annexation of Crimea.
Putin may fly to the city of Sevastopol in Crimea today to take part in the planned Victory Day parade, according to Russian media.
The Kiev authorities and their Western backers are directly responsible for the bloodshed in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, where at least 38 people have been killed, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said.
– Vladimir Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
Kiev and its Western sponsors are practically provoking the bloodshed and bear direct responsibility for it.
He added that yesterday's violence made the idea of holding presidential elections in Ukraine later this month "absurd".