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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has underlined Berlin's support for Kyiv on his first visit to the front line in eastern Ukraine. He also announced a new round of peace talks aimed at ending the conflict there.
It's four years since Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. Moscow says Crimea is now fully integrated into Russia however most of the international community does not recognise Crimea as part of Russia. The Vienna based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has reported widespread human rights abuses on the Crimean peninsula. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna.
The President of the ICRC Peter Maurer has warned that the conflict in Ukraine is in danger of becoming protracted. Maurer has just visited Ukraine, his second trip since the conflict began 3 three years ago. Around 1.6 million people are now officially registered as internally displaced persons. Maurer has called for the Red Cross to be given access to all who need help. Filip Warwick reports.
Results say that Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov won 97.7 percent of the vote. Already president of the former Soviet state since 2007, now he can stay in office through 2024. According to OSCE findings, no elections in Turkmenistan have ever been free or fair.
Violence in eastern Ukraine peaked with more than 10,000 ceasefire violations a day, NATO officials said, citing monitors. The EU has announced a disbursement of 600 million euros to Kyiv for pursuing democratic reforms.
Ukrainian soldiers, rebels and civilians have been killed in the latest spate of violence. European officials have warned of a humanitarian disaster after power outages left thousands to cope in sub-zero temperatures.