Ukraine's border with Russia is about 2000 kilometers long. It had long been a green no-man's land, but now the Ukrainian military has been installing defensive systems of steel and concrete. The "Project Wall" is due to be completed in 2018.
A new media report claims North Korea was able to develop its missile system after buying rocket engines on the black market in Ukraine. Kyiv denies the link. In this international mystery, the clues lead to Russia.
Russia and Belarus are set to stage the Zapad 2017 war games, and the operation's size is causing concern among Western observers. Moscow's heavy troop presence has some worrying whether Minsk's sovereignty is at risk.
All of Ukraine, minus Crimea, has been declared a new state by Donetsk separatists in the east. Their new nation of 'Malorossiya' has a flag and a map. Germany has condemned it as "completely unacceptable."
Poland wants to redesign its passport, and the country's citizens have some say in choosing the images it contains. But two of the options do not belong to Poland anymore, sparking a diplomatic row with its neighbors.
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