A 400-kilometer-long front line runs between Ukraine's government-held territories and areas occupied by separatists. The civilian populace along this "border" lives in constant fear that hostilities will resume.
A Bundestag employee of the Alternative for Germany party has been accused of ordering a firebombing in Ukraine. Manuel Ochsenreiter denies all accusations, but he is known to have connections to pro-Russia separatists.
A Russian prankster duo claims to have spoken with Epiphanius Dumenko, the head of Ukraine's new Orthodox Church. Dumenko said the church should work to increase understanding for LGBT people, according to the recording.
Residents of parts of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists have voted in polls condemned by Germany. A rebel official accused Ukraine of using "telephone terrorism" to try to tamper with the vote.
With two elections next year, Ukraine is facing upheaval on the domestic front. Russia, meanwhile, is shaking up its foreign policy, particularly with the United States, after withdrawing from the INF treaty.
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