Thousands of protesters in Ukraine have turned out on Independence Square despite a warning from the government to "desecalate" the crisis.
A push to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has also prompted Russian Orthodox bishops in Germany to "temporarily" quit a joint episcopate council. Their departure follows patriarchal orders from Moscow.
The unofficial start of Ukraine's presidential race begins on August 24. After years of unrest, Ukrainians are clamoring for new politicians and appear ready to throw support behind their most famous rock star.
Ukraine's public broadcaster is being modernized with Western help. But with just half a year until the country's presidential election, the outlet is not finding much political backing domestically.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has spoken out against doping in professional sport. In a DW interview, the Ukrainian also discussed Ukrainian-Russian relations and the dangers of stereotyping.
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