As American and European officials look to meet with their Russian counterparts and diffuse the tense situation in and around Ukraine, the EU has offered the new Ukrainian government $15 billion in aid. (That’s nearly Whatsapp money.)

+ Russian officials continue to insist there are no Russian forces in Crimea.

+ From The Spectator: Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Ukraine crisis. You can string them all together to produce a very self-assured and all-knowing blog post or article on the topic. Why not? Everyone else seems to be doing it.