The far-right Azov battalion has a reputation for being a fierce fighting force and openly uses fascist symbols. More and more young people are joining up, women too. There’s mounting concern about democracy in Ukraine.
The standoff between Ukraine and Russia has catapulted the Sea of Azov to the top of the international agenda. In the port city of Mariupol, it's apparent that the conflict has been long in the making.
Ukraine's military says nine soldiers have died in clashes with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country. The violence follows a separatist announcement of a plan to form a new state called Little Russia.
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.
Vladimir Putin is meeting Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two seasoned leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
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