Tensions are rising rapidly in Ukraine’s east. Russia is changing the reality on the ground despite talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on April 17, 2014, between Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU - the first four-way discussions since the crisis began. Kiev has rejected Russian pressure to turn Ukraine into a loose federation. However, the first casualties in the city of Slaviansk demonstrate that if Russia does not halt the clashes between its special forces and the Ukrainian army, military confrontation will become inevitable. This is a critical time. All action taken now in relation to Ukraine will determine the future of global international order for years to come.