President Yanukovych offered top posts to opposition leaders, who say any deal must include new presidential elections.
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.
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.
For more than four years, the German military has been flying injured Ukrainians to German cities for treatment. One German lawmaker fears "fascist" paramilitaries could be among them.
Following days of protests in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, a new alliance between opposition parties has formed. It is calling for recent election results to be honored and for an independent judiciary.
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