Western governments suggest the Kremlin is behind unrest in eastern Ukraine, where several cites have seen government buildings occupied by pro-Russian protesters.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has denied evidence exists of any Russian interference in the US elections in 2016. The statement came after charges were filed in the US against former aides of the Trump campaign.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier is making the first visit to Russia by a German president since 2010. It may look like a diplomatic olive branch, but Moscow and Berlin can hardly expect a normalization of relations.
An explosive blaze at a Ukrainian munitions depot has been brought under control, according to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. He blamed "external factors" for the fire. Authorities evacuated 24,000 residents.
Two Crimean Tatar activists sentenced for political activities by Russian authorities have been freed after an intervention by Turkey's president. The men were jailed as Moscow clamped down on the separatists.
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