The two presidents, feeling pressure on both sides of the Ukrainian-Russian border, met on the sidelines of a regional summit today in Minsk.
Experts say that the aid, combined with a new rebel offensive in Donetsk, strengthen Putin's bargaining position ahead of tomorrow's possible meeting with Poroshenko.
Shutting down three McDonald's restaurants might seem a symbolic blow to the US. But McDonald's Russia is a successful Russian-owned and -operated company.
Russia's dueling shipments of humanitarian aid to refugees and arms to rebels in Ukraine go toward the same end, experts say: leveraging a peace on Kremlin terms.
Finland has never been able to extricate itself economically or politically from the mood swings of the giant next door, and it's already taking a hit from the latest crisis.
Putin today ordered the government to create a ban on 'agricultural products, raw materials and food' from any country that has supported sanctions against Russia.
Most of the displaced are in Russia – and putting strains on facilities and infrastructure there, say the UN refugee agency and local Russian officials.
Experts say that Russia's military buildup near Ukraine's borders is not a pending invasion but a bid to rattle Ukraine forces. Among Ukrainians, evidence of war-weariness appears to be growing.
Though new Western sanctions on finance, energy, and other sectors will hinder Russia's long-term growth, economists say, the country will not suffer any short-term effects.
Human rights advocates say Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, each of whom were sentenced Thursday to 4-1/2 years in prison, were railroaded by Russian authorities to deter civil activism.
Many leading foreign policy advisers to Putin say that Ukraine is merely an excuse for US-led sanctions, and that Washington is bent on 'regime change' in Russia.
In a security meeting today, Putin said Russia would try to rein in Ukraine's rebels. He also effectively told media and politicians that the country is not under Western siege – and to stop repeating that claim.
Vladimir Putin has few options to deflect the wave of outrage from a world that increasingly sees Russia as responsible for separatist malfeasance in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is widely believed to have been shot down with the Soviet-era BUK anti-aircraft system – a complex, but still widely used and effective weapon.
Moscow is adamant that it had nothing to do with the destruction of the commercial airliner. But Russian experts say that proof that rebels were involved will bring the West down hard on Putin.
Russian experts say that reopening the Lourdes post, closed since 2001, will let Moscow 'watch the entire Western Hemisphere' and is meant to tweak the US.
The city's huge subway system, one of the world's largest outside of Asia, has been spared major accident until today, when at least 21 people were killed in a derailment.
Russian leadership is of two minds on how to respond to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine, which crossed the border over the weekend. But 'surgical strikes' appear to be off the table.
Russia's parliament has been in overdrive in recent weeks, working on legislation targeting free speech, women's heels, and the use of foreign words like 'hamburger.'
The former NSA contractor's lawyer tells the Monitor he has filled all the necessary paperwork for his client to continue living in Russia, which gave him sanctuary last year.