DONETSK, UKRAINE - Daily life in Donetsk, which is controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, is unpredictable.
The U.S. general who is NATO's senior commander in Europe has said that there is a large number of Russians providing "backbone guidance and training" to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, and promised that the United States will support Ukraine in the face of an "immediate threat from Russia" to its sovereignty.
NATO's top military commander said during a visit to Kyiv on Nov. 26 that Russian forces were still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the "backbone" to separatist rebels fighting government forces.
MOSCOW/KYIV - In Russia, powerful friends helped him make a fortune. In the United States, officials want him extradited and put behind bars. In Austria, where he is currently free on bail of $155 million, authorities have yet to decide what to do with him.
There has been enormous headline reaction in the world's media to the Ferguson protests, and many commentators have taken the opportunity to question America's credentials as a human rights champion.
Reports of possible further Russian military movement into Ukraine has sent prices plummeting for the Kyiv's government bonds.
It is now one year since popular protests began in Ukraine against President Viktor Yanukovich and his refusal to sign a far-reaching trade and co-operation deal with Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is alarmed by President Petro Poroshenko's plan to hold a referendum on Ukraine joining NATO, seeing it as a dead end that would only inflame tensions with Russia.
Ukraine leveled fresh charges on Nov. 25 that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory on Nov. 24.
PEREVALSK, Ukraine -- The armed camouflaged men and women immediately stand to attention when Ataman Nikolai Kozitsyn enters the salmon-hued hall of the Soviet-era House of Culture he uses as one of his three offices.
Russia is trolling the US hard over Ferguson.
Cats are renowned for their capacity to wreak havoc, but after leaving some 27,000 people without electricity, one cat's shenanigans must be pushing for a new record.
Ukraine has leveled fresh charges that Russia is sending military support to pro-Russian separatists in the east.
Child soldiers appear to be playing a part on both sides of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. A boy as young as 15 has been shown training pro-Russian separatist recruits in how to handle weapons, while Ukrainian media have told the story of a 17-year-old volunteer sapper.
BRUSSELS - A top U.S. military commander, General Philip Breedlove, will visit Ukraine on Nov. 25 for talks with senior political and military leaders, a spokesman said.
BRUSSELS - Russia's Vladimir Putin became persona non grata in EU capitals when he annexed Crimea. They didn't blacklist him. But, in March, EU leaders decided to "cancel the next EU-Russia summit" and to "not hold bilateral regular meetings".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said sanctions against Russia will stay as long as the government in Moscow does little to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. "We're working on a diplomatic resolution to this crisis," Merkel said on Nov. 25 in Berlin.
DONETSK, Ukraine - It was a cold, gray afternoon in late October. On the central square, teenagers handed out flags of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, while watched closely by armed men in camouflage. Heavy shelling from the suburbs shook windows in their frames, but members of the small crowd at the Donetsk Music and Drama Theater, facing the square, pretended not to notice as they filed in for a Sunday matinee performance.
DONETSK, Ukraine - For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.
Despite the ongoing political conflict in the region, Ukraine has a thriving startup industry. At a recent investor conference, 19 Ukrainian startups were awarded top honours across the board, and venture capital firms are investing heavily in the region.