Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny lost the Moscow mayor's race, but he's calling for a recount -- and a runoff election. He claims that Sunday's contest was rigged.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war. Putin's warning comes after Kyiv deployed troops against Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.
In a phone call with US President Obama, Russian President Putin has denied accusations that Moscow stirred up the current unrest in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the White House has confirmed that the CIA director visited Kyiv.
Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are demanding federalization. Moscow argues the move would unite Ukraine. The government in Kyiv fears the opposite would be the case.
Ukrainian armed forces have launched a "special operation" against militia in the country's east, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Russian separatists. Russian television has reported four deaths in the fighting.
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