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.
Ukraine's president has accused Russian forces of sending troops into Ukraine. The country's security and defense council said Russian troops have seized control of a key southeastern border town.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ceasefire from Russia and Ukraine at talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv. She said the territorial integrity of Ukraine was "essential."
Ukraine has marked the 23rd anniversary of its independence with an army parade in the capital, Kyiv. In his speech, President Poroshenko drew parallels between the world situation now and on the eve of World War II.
Angela Merkel's visit to Kyiv is a gesture of solidarity. And it is a particularly important one for her Ukraine audience, the most extreme of whom had feared that a "Merkel-Putin pact" was in the making.
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