There's been a renewed surge in tensions between Kyiv and Moscow, after Nadia Savchenko, a captured Ukrainian Pilot, was tried and convicted of murder. Ukraine and Western countries say the trial contravened a prisoner-exchange agreement.
Germany and Russia have announced their support for a proposed new ceasefire deal in east Ukraine. The announcement follows a four-way phone call with the French and Ukrainian presidents.
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have declared all of Ukraine to be part of "Little Russia." Could the move undo the Minsk Protocol aimed at keeping the peace in the region?
In a DW interview, Kurt Volker pledges that Washington will not strike a separate deal with Moscow over the heads of Europeans and Ukrainians - but says it is good that all agree the current situation must improve.
Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow told DW the alliance remains committed to Ukrainian sovereignty. But as talks with Russia remain at a stalemate, he says other options must be explored.
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