The internationally condemned referendum in Crimea will go ahead as planned on Sunday with no doubt among the organisers that the Ukrainian region will vote to join Russia, ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has said.
Watch his latest report from the regional capital Simferopol:
John Kerry warned of "consequences" after his Russian counterpart made clear Moscow would respect the outcome of Crimea's referendum.
Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels will decide on Monday on sanctions for Russia if there is no de-escalation in Ukraine.
Crimea's new information minister has told ITV News that the planned referendum is no different to the situation in Scotland and Catalonia.