Meteors have slammed into central Russia. A factory took a direct hit. The meteor shower caused windows in the area to smash, injuring many locals.
The Donbas is Ukraine's industrial heartland. But its coal-based economy is a heavily-subsidized millstone for Ukraine, not a powerhouse, no matter how important its arms exports might be to the Russian military.
Sticking to its traditional policy of non-interference, China has adopted a cautious stance on the tug of war over Ukraine. Faced with pressing separatist threats and energy needs, Central Asia would be another matter.
Divers have brought to shore a 570-kilogram (1,256 pounds) chunk of a meteorite which had blazed over the Russian town of Chelyabinsk in February. Its impact was the largest on record in decades.
A US and two Russian astronauts have returned to earth after nearly six months on the International Space Station. The trio, who carried the Sochi Olympic torch into space landed safely in Kazakhstan despite bad weather.
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