EU ministers have signed off on a 1 billion-euro loan to help Ukraine's interim government stabilize the economy. The agreement also removes trade barriers between Ukraine and the EU.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Germany and Russia to "rebuild a minimum of trust." He's the first German head of state to visit Russia in seven years.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague has said it has jurisdiction to hear the case of a Ukrainian company seeking to recover damages for property lost when Russia annexed Crimea.
Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder has been voted head of the board of Rosneft, as the oil giant seeks to boost its business in Germany. Other Russian firms are also investing in the country, despite the sanctions.
With the European Commission deciding to take legal action against Poland for its efforts to take control of courts, DW takes a look at the decision-making process behind sanctions - and whether they're effective.
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