There's an obscure sliver of land tucked between Moldova and Ukraine. And suddenly, it has become big news, as analysts speculate whether it will be the next region to be annexed by Russia. The World's Patrick Cox has visited the region, which lives in an identity limbo.
Between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova lies the breakaway region known as Transnistria. The region is made up of a majority of ethnic Russians, and many want to be part of Russia. So why not, after Crimea?
The Dutch have the oldest and largest Obama fan club in Europe, according to an analyst there. The reason? He stands for diversity and cooperation with Europe —and the Dutch get his problems with the Tea Party.
Vladimir Putin is the central figure in the Ukraine crisis. But what really drives the Russian president? Journalist Adi Ignatius has some ideas. He met Putin when Time Magazine named the Russian leader "Person of the Year" in 2007.
“Twitter, Schmitter! We have a court order now. We will wipe out all of these social media sites. The international community can say this or that, I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey really is.”
Russian media has been saying that fascists run Ukraine's new government. Now some members of the far-right, nationalist Svoboda Party — which is part of the governing coalition — have helped that image, by beating the head of Ukraine's state TV and posting a video of it.
President Barack Obama has said repeatedly that the secession of Crimea from Ukraine is a violation of international law. But doesn't Crimea have the right to determine its own fate? An international lawyer says the problem came with Russia's military intervention.