Russia has protested to Germany's new ambassador over comments by the German finance minister. Wolfgang Schäuble likened the Russian takeover of Crimea to the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.
Lawmakers in Russia are considering a proposal to condemn Germany's 1990 reunification, labeling it an "annexation" of the East by the West. It's thought to be Moscow's answer to condemnation of its takeover of Crimea.
EU leaders are threatening new sanctions against Russia for its "growing support" for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine. The final decision about whether to impose them will be made at a summit next month.
About 30 people have been killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol as fighting escalated to the worst level in months. Pro-Russia separatists had announced they were launching an offensive on the strategic city.
At least 15 people have died after heavy rockets fell on residential areas in the Ukrainian city Mariupol. The bombings come in the wake of a rejection by Russian backed rebels to participate in peace talks.
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