European Union leaders have been meeting in Brussels to decide the way ahead on Ukraine. Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk was also invited to the meeting.
The EU summit brought the possibility of an extended period for Britain's Brexit process and more funds for dealing with migrants across the bloc. But the UK's Theresa May has challenges from her own party at home.
EU leaders have dropped their plan to hold a Brexit divorce deal summit in mid-November. Europe's Brexit negotiator said much more time was needed for decisive progress to be made.
The German chancellor has said lifting EU sanctions on Russia is off the table until a "real ceasefire" is achieved in Ukraine. The bloc introduced the measures after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Will the Bundeswehr defend the Baltics? Will Berlin let Nord Stream 2 proceed? Merkel will encounter a political class and public opinion leery of Germany's Russia policy during her visit to Lithuania on Friday.
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