It's a situation that many Ukrainians with families watching Russian state media propaganda are finding themselves in — trying to share the painful reality of war in Ukraine with their loved ones in Russia, who may or may not believe them.
The interim government of Ukraine has retaken control of buildings occupied by pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv. But protesters still hold buildings in other cities in eastern Ukraine. US officials say it is clear Russia is behind the chaos.
After Russia's annexation of Crimea, the stand-off between the two countries is spreading to Ukraine's eastern regions. A reporter with our partner Frontline saw Russian and Ukrainian troops massing at the border, and tense streets in the city of Kharkiv.
The streets of Kiev were a deadly battle zone again after a short-lived truce between protesters and government troops broke down. BBC Ukraine analyst Olexiy Solohubenko explains to Host Carol Hills of PRI's The World how the three-month standoff turned violent so quickly.