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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes that Moscow’s relations with the West would improve soon. He placed at lest part of the blame for the current tensions on the United States and its allies.
Ukraine has halted its mission to recapture buildings in towns held by Russian separatists for Easter. Though the holiday has brought an uneasy truce, tensions remain high.
The US has warned Russia of further sanctions unless it helps convince Ukrainian separatists to leave government buildings. They have so far ignored the terms of a deal to de-escalate the crisis and refused to budge.
Ukraine has accused Moscow of interfering in restive eastern cities in a bid to restore the Soviet Union. The warning was echoed by Ukrainian religious leaders who traded accusations with their Russian counterparts.
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