US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions
A senior US official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.


It was not immediately clear how tough the sanctions might be and whether they would target Moscow's lucrative banking and energy sectors.


The official says diplomats from Kiev plan to brief Russia's foreign minister about efforts to decentralize power in Ukraine and protect Russian-speaking minorities. (AP)