In March 2014, Russia’s “reacquisition” of Crimea operated more like an invasion, depending on who you ask. Now, five years later, Putin appears as comfortable as ever in Crimea while Ukrainians continue to struggle against Russian domination in the region.
Rick Gates, a former business associate to President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, will continue to testify against his former boss and is expected to face a tough cross examination on Tuesday.
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged Monday with conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, the first to come out of a sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
North of Kiev is the former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Mezhyhirya was built with with millions in tax dollars and many people would like to turn it in to a "museum of corruption." Those efforts have stalled, but you can still go on a tour.
Ukraine's former president Victor Yanukovych spent more that $30 million on his personal estate before he fled for Russia. Think private zoo, crocodile skin-lined planters and a copy of John and Yoko's white piano.
When Russia moved into Crimea last year, even NATO admits it was caught off-guard. But now a top NATO general says the West is alert to Putin's plans, and is developing its own moves to stop him from expanding any further.
The "Anti-Maidan" rally in Moscow marked one year since a pro-Western uprising in Kiev's Maidan Square toppled Ukraine's president. But the attendees have a far different view of everything that's happened since then, and they're not afraid to say it.
The central event of the Ukrainian Revolution last year was a massacre of protesters in Maidan Square last February. A BBC investigation suggests the police shooting may have been provoked by opposition "snipers."
Election officials in Ukraine say they've now counted 93 percent of the votes cast in Sunday's presidential election and that the opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych is still in the lead. However, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuses to admit defeat.
Ukraine is backing away from its plan to join the EU and that has spurred mass demonstrations. Russia is against Ukraine having free trade relations with Europe, and Ukraine's president says his economically-struggling country needs to maintain its important trade ties with Russia.
President Vladimir Putin is in a gracious mood this holiday season. And why not? He snubbed the US by taking in Edward Snowden, he kept the US and its allies out of Syria, and prevented Ukraine from drifting westward. Maybe that's why he's pardoning so many high-profile opponents.
Rumors of possible Russian intervention abound as protests in the Ukraine escalate. And even the Pope's weekend prayer for peace in the country ended in an ominous sign. Working-class stiffs in the Republic of Congo show that style isn't exclusive to the rich. And a New Zealand doc doesn't let a shark attack ruin his day, in today's Global Scan.
Ukrainians are worried about what's in store for their nation in the coming days. Violent clashes with protesters have left at least 25 dead. And government threats leave many fearful of an even more forceful response.