Armed men in combat gear blocked access to two airports in Crimea on Friday. Ukraine believes they were sent by the Kremlin. Russian sources deny that.
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.
People in Crimea are experiencing unusual symptoms after reports of an incident at a titanium plant. Authorities claim there is no threat to public health on the peninsula, but children have nonetheless been evacuated.
Ukraine has called on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant it independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. It would be a huge blow to Russia, where the church plays an important role in politics.
The economic measures prevent EU citizens and companies from investing in Crimea and Sevastopol. Russia's annexation of the peninsula in 2014 prompted the sanctions.
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