Protesters have stormed government buildings in Donetsk and other eastern Ukrainian communities, pushing for referendums to join Russia.
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.
Ukraine's security forces detained Volodymyr Ruban while he was transporting weapons from the conflict zone in the country's east. Officials claimed he planned to kill top Ukrainian leaders, including the president.
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.
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