When unknown perpetrators cut the power supply to Crimea, the Tatars blocked repair efforts. This Muslim ethnic group feels sold out by Western interests that they believe might sacrifice the peninsula in a compromise deal with Russia.
All of Ukraine, minus Crimea, has been declared a new state by Donetsk separatists in the east. Their new nation of 'Malorossiya' has a flag and a map. Germany has condemned it as "completely unacceptable."
Reports that Donald Trump will receive Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ahead of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin are causing a sensation in Kyiv. Could the move signal a new policy for the US in Ukraine?
European Union member states have voted to extend sanctions imposed on Crimea for one more year. The bloc is also expected to prolong sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The French and Russian presidents have met in Versailles and discussed "points of friction." These included Russian media "organs of influence and propaganda" in the French election campaign.
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