As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues, people in Avdiivka near Donetsk are forced to live without water and electricity, suffer from freezing temperatures and the constant fear of death. Christian F. Trippe has visited the war-torn city.
The US has classified China and Russia as its main military competitors in a strategy document. Moscow has dismissed Washington's defense policy as "imperialist," while China said it represented a "Cold War mentality."
Hundreds of Russian oligarchs could be included on a list of potential US sanctions in the upcoming "Kremlin Report." DW spoke to former US diplomat Daniel Fried about growing anxiety within the Russian elite.
The swap comes after a recommitment to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where over 10,000 people have been killed. A US decision to provide Ukraine with weapons has seen Russia warn the US is encouraging "new bloodshed."
The two leaders agreed on a deal to bring Russian ceasefire observers back to eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin has accused Kyiv of obstructing their officers' work in Donbass and cutting them off from the front line.
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