In Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists say they plan to take control of infrastructure across the region. They ignored an ultimatum from Kyiv on Monday and seized more official buildings instead.
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.
Prague has always been big on upping the Czech Republic’s nuclear power capacity, but less so on how to finance it. As Brussels looks on with dread, Moscow may be about to ferment more discord on the EU's eastern edges.
Poroshenko is seeking to secure an energy co-operation with Turkey and Qatar. His Turkey trip comes ahead of talks with Angela Merkel, where he will urge Germany to scrap its Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia.
The swap comes after a recommitment to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where over 10,000 people have been killed. A US decision to provide Ukraine with weapons has seen Russia warn the US is encouraging "new bloodshed."
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