President Poroshenko canceled a 'special status' law for Donetsk and Luhansk, effectively cutting off the regions' hospitals, schools, and pensioners from state money. Many worry that it will hurt defenseless locals.
Russia's ruble has lost half its value against the dollar this year – 10 percent in just the past week. But most Russians still support President Putin in the sanctions and counter-sanctions battle with the West that has hurt the Russian currency.
The Russian president has made repeated warnings about newly empowered fascists and Nazis, both in Ukraine and across Europe. Russian analysts say the issue is serious – but that Putin is ignoring real fascist threats in favor of furthering his own policies.
NATO says it has seen an 'unusual level of air activity over European airspace,' involving 19 Russian bombers and fighters on Wednesday alone. But the flights are more message than menace, experts say.
The elections, scheduled for Sunday, would deviate from a Sept. 5 peace deal between Ukrainian and Russian leaders. Experts say the elections will bring new uncertainty to an already fragile truce in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Europe parties showed strongly in Ukraine's elections Sunday. But an unexpectedly high tally for Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's party hints a possible repeat of the politics that upended a post-Orange Revolution Ukraine.
Ukraine's once-dominant pro-Russia party is gone, and pro-Europe parties look set to sweep Sunday's elections. But experts are doubtful that the new assembly – which will likely include some of the same old faces – will be less corrupt.
With a slumping economy and shaky cease-fire, Ukraine's troubles are unlikely to be solved by its first post-Maidan parliamentary elections on Sunday. But the Vetropack factory outside Kiev is getting by despite the country's misfortunes.
Cristophe de Margerie, who died when his private jet crashed into a snow plow at a Moscow airfield last night, was CEO of France's Total energy company. It's just the latest in a string of high-profile plane crashes in Russia.
Ukraine is launching a review of officials to weed out former President Yanukovych's appointees, members of the Communist Party, and anyone living beyond their reported means. But critics say the move could hurt Ukraine more than help it.
The former Yukos magnate-turned-convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will organize opposition against Putin from abroad. The move, echoing a long tradition of Russian exiles, suggests he sees a weakness in the Kremlin's foundations.