In Moscow tonight they threw a party to celebrate the annexation of Ukrainian territories, while daring the enemies of Russia to take them back.
This after a week which saw tens of thousands of Russians flee the country and the draft. President Putin peppered his triumphant speeches today with a world view that sounded as if he was already at war with the West.
For its part, the West responded with more sanctions and weapons.
But this may not be enough.
There is a growing danger that this war will burst its boundaries.
We start in Ukraine today and a warning – there are highly distressing images of an attack on civilians from the very beginning of my report.