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.
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?
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.
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.
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