The perfect mix of history and fun; in Moscow ice rinks have taken over some of the city's most famous locations. From Red Square with its view of the Kremlin, to Europe's biggest ice rink at Gorky Park.
Sources in Ukraine say armed men thought to be pro-Russian have stormed a Crimea military post and put the barracks under siege. No shots were understood to have been fired, with Ukrainian troops barricaded inside.
A Moscow court has sentenced seven people to up to four years in prison for their part in a mass protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. An eighth avoided a jail sentence.
The EU and the US have accused Russia of violating international law by intervening in Crimea. DW examines the agreements that are supposed to govern relations between Moscow and Kyiv.
The US has threatened to isolate Russia economically for its military incursion into Crimea. Secretary of State John Kerry warned the West was ready to "go to the hilt" in response to Moscow's "act of aggression."
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