Ukraine is the largest Country in Europe. It has a population of around 45,000.
The Ukraine is split between pro-Russian sentiment in the east and those favoring closer ties to the EU in the west.
Almost exactly one year ago, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko was captured in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russia fighters. Days later Savchenko reappeared in Russia in front of a court and was charged with complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, charges she vehemently denies. "The Savchenko case is more important than that of Pussy Riot," says her lawyer.
The NSA's spying activities in France will have an impact on transatlantic relations, Germany's foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier told DW in an interview. He also called for new approaches in the attempt to stem violence in Ukraine.
Tensions between Russia and the west are at risk of escalating beyond the crisis in Ukraine and into a wider regional standoff. Amid reports that the United States plans to deliver additional arms to NATO member allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin is promising to strengthen his country's nuclear arsenal. Charles Maynes has more from Moscow.