The decision was made shortly after Russia took control of the Feodosia naval base, the third Ukrainian military facility to fall into Russian hands within 48 hours.
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.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. The optimistic tone comes as the EU renewed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
Ukraine's chief prosecutor said Nadiya Savchenko planned to "finish off the survivors with automatic rifles." The ex-combat pilot has welcomed the claims, saying she fully backs a military coup against the government.
Heiko Maas has outlined his duties as Germany's new top diplomat during a handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry. Maas said Germany must foster closer cohesion in the EU and vowed to toughen the stance toward Russia.
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