Pro-Russian separatists claim the latest plane downings are just one victory of many to come. The incident has not only heightened tension even further, but also hindered the investigation at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.
Twenty-five years ago, at the height of the Cold War, a Soviet court sentenced 19-year-old West German Mathias Rust to four years in prison. He flew a single engine plane into Moscow and taxied into Red Square.
Snowden is a bit of a hero in Russia, though he's hardly been seen since receiving asylum there. Reports in the Russian press say Snowden will start work for one of the largest websites in Russia next month.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi have put a spotlight on Russian practices that don't comport with the rights and freedoms generally accepted in the west. But a Russian-born educator, who spent a long time living and working in the US after being forced out by the Soviet government, says we're not really helping move Russia forward.
NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea. NATO will also review military deployments in eastern Europe.
Former oil-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky headed to Berlin on Friday, a free man. He was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin after spending a decade in a Russian prison. But what does the future hold for Khodorkovsky?
Russia's military moves since the fall of Ukraine's government last week seem to signal one thing. Russia is not prepared to lose the Crimea. And the reason is pretty straightforward, if you look at history.