Armed men have stormed the regional parliament building in Simferopol and raised the Russian flag.
The Russian reaction to Western airstrikes in Syria is a mix of relief and anger. The country's parliament is discussing sanctions against the United States. DW's Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Petro Poroshenko that a UN-led peace mission for eastern Ukraine remains Germany's aim. The leaders also discussed the underwater gas pipelines from Russia to the European Union.
NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has called for a dialogue after member state Latvia closed down part of its airspace due to Russian military tests in the Baltic Sea. Cold War echoes are distant, but getting louder.
Moscow is mulling whether to ban or limit imports of US medicine in retaliation to Washington's new sanctions. But restricting access to vital medication is not necessarily a popular idea among all Russians.
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