It all started on Maidan Square. In fall 2013, Ukrainians took to the streets of Kyiv to topple the government. Many activists have now returned to their old lives, but others have taken the place of those they forced to step down.
In an interview with DW, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker blamed Russia for the stalemate in talks. He also reaffirmed the US's readiness to supply additional lethal weapons to Kyiv.
In Ukraine, oligarch Oleksandr Onyshchenko is a wanted man. For a while it looked like he'd find refuge in northern Germany. He promised investments and big equestrian games in return. But the plan didn't work out.
The Russian Orthodox Church has downgraded "diplomatic relations" with Istanbul-based Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Bartholomew I has been accused of "anti-canonical activities" for sending bishops to Ukraine.
The killing of rebel leader Zakharchenko is a provocation aimed at disrupting the peace process, said Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov. Talks involving Kyiv, Moscow, Berlin and Paris are currently "impossible."
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