The Ukrainian foreign ministry says Russian forces have taken over a village 10 kilometers north of the Crimean border.
Voting has opened in Russia's Far East for a presidential election expected to deliver a fourth term to Vladimir Putin. What's less certain is whether the turnout will be high enough to secure a clear mandate.
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.
Government forces have launched a brutal offensive to consolidate territory on the outskirts of Damascus. Warplanes have struck rebel-held areas, killing at least 30 civilians attempting to flee, according to a monitor.
The story of Western intervention in the seven-year Syrian civil war is one of missed opportunities. In responding to such conflicts, the West must learn from its past mistakes, says DW's Kersten Knipp.
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