The fronts are hardening in anti-government protests in Ukraine. With demonstrators occupying government buildings in Kiev, the parliamentary opposition is seeking a confidence vote this week.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed the Russian president to protect gays in Chechnya and take into account rights of anti-government protesters. They met in Sochi for "intensive" talks about global crises.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's government has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. The news came shortly after President Poroshenko asked him to resign for "more mistakes than achievements" during his term.
Despite Angela Merkel's and Francois Hollande's efforts, there's no progress in the peace process in eastern Ukraine. Fighting continues, there are new casualties almost every day - and Kyiv does not have a strategy.
Ukraine's president has urged the EU to stay the course on sanctions for Russia until the Minsk agreement is implemented. A summit involving Petro Poroshenko and EU leaders focused on reforms and visa liberalization.
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