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.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has insisted Kyiv withdraw all of its army units from southeastern Ukraine. Moscow's demand came hours after it said it would respond if its interests were attacked in Ukraine.
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.
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