United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power suggested Sunday that the Russian government is behind recent escalation of the crisis in Ukraine involving gunfights between Ukrainian government forces and Russian protesters.
"It's professional, it's coordinated, there's nothing grassroots-seeming about it," said Power, adding that "certainly it bears the telltale signs of Moscow's involvement."
Power said that Russia's actions come at a time when Ukraine is planning elections that could democratically address Moscow's wishes, making them particularly "outrageous and so ironic."
"And it makes you think that ... a military solution is what they prefer," she concluded.
Power said that the Obama administration would have to wait to see how events transpire over the next few days, but that it would take further steps into consideration if Russian President Vladimir Putin's government continues with the actions of the past few days in Ukraine.
Those measures could include further sanctions on Russian banking, mining, and energy business, said Power.