Tensions rise in the Ukraine

(NBC News) – After a day of clashes that lasted into the night, the world is closely watching Ukraine this morning, as the country spirals further out of control.

As the tensions in Ukraine increase, so do tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

The hope is this emergency meeting will help get past the finger pointing and focus on a solution.

In Ukraine, protesters upset about the government’s lack of action rallied through the night.

Pro-Russian separatists have confiscated more buildings in eastern Ukraine…

The Kiev government warned it would send troops to retaliate… But so far hasn’t followed through.

The White House expressed growing concerns that Russia is behind the highly organized separatists. “The evidence is compelling that Russia is supporting these efforts and involved in these efforts,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Adding to the tensions, a Russian attack plane made several unauthorized passes over an American warship at sea.

In a frank phone call, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked.

Russia says Putin denied responsibility for the protests and called on the President to prevent the use of force.

Both sides will continue talks in an emergency meeting in Geneva this Thursday. “So it’s an opportunity for dialogue and that’s why we’re holding the meeting,” said State Department Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki.

The hope is to de-escalate the situation, but the White House is also considering additional steps and new sanctions.

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