As crisis talks stoke hopes for a solution to the stand-off in Kiev, protests spread to other parts of the country, including the pro-western city of Lviv.
Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a presidential bill to impose martial law after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews. At the UN, the US called on Russia to "cease its unlawful conduct."
Five years ago, Ukraine's Euromaidan protests kicked off, driving its autocratic leaders out of the country. But the revolution's promise has never come to pass because it lacks real leadership, writes Bernd Johann.
In 2013, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets demanding an independent judiciary and an end to corruption. Since then, some progress has been made, but activists say much more work lies ahead.
Angela Merkel has visited Ukraine's President Poroshenko, who is in the midst of an election campaign. There's disappointment in Kyiv at his failure to implement reforms, and hopes of EU-style democracy are fading.
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