Ukraine's government is asking the EU, NATO for protection. Leaders from across the international community have been scrambling to find a political solution to the growing crisis.
The increasing tension between Russia and the West has some experts asking whether Germany should change its famously patient approach to dealing with the Kremlin. The key to a new strategy may lie in domestic policy.
Heiko Maas has outlined his duties as Germany's new top diplomat during a handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry. Maas said Germany must foster closer cohesion in the EU and vowed to toughen the stance toward Russia.
Russian foreign policy has hardened under President Vladimir Putin. Although Russia is looking for cooperation, it is not afraid of confrontation, which has often led to difficult foreign relations. DW has the lowdown.
Right-wing populist Vladimir Zhirinovsky is the leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party, and one of Putin's seven challengers in the presidential election. During a conversation with DW, he threatened the West.
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