Roman Goncharenko, of DW's Russian service, says the operation underway in eastern Ukraine is imperative for Kyiv, perhaps its last chance to hold onto the territory.
With rhetoric between US and Russian officials escalating, the situation in eastern Ukraine is resembling more and more a kind of tug of war. A Ukrainian military operation by the Kyiv government is currently underway in a bid to oust pro-Russian separatists who have occupied government buildings in a number of eastern Ukrainian cities. Roman Goncharenko, of DW's Russian service, tells Inside Europe that this is Kyiv's last chance to keep the territory.
It's certainly not a new debate, but the controversial topic has picked up steam again - especially in Germany: Where does political criticism of Israel end, and where does anti-Semitism begin?
The Netherlands observed a minute of silence to honor Dutch victims on flight MH17, which was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine last week. Experts say identifying the crash's victims could take weeks.
The Dutch and Australian foreign ministers are to visit Kyiv to press for proper security at the Malaysian MH17 crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, so official probes can begin and remaining bodies repatriated.
In Berlin, getting involved in illegal things is like having an affair. You may get caught and the consequences could be terrible, but the danger associated with it makes it all more exciting, says DW's Lavinia Pitu.