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.
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.
Russia's opposition likens itself to Michael Phelps facing an extreme challenge. "If you have a champion swimmer, and you fill up the pool with acid, he won't be able to swim. But it doesn't mean he's a weak swimmer."
President Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic State of the Nation speech Thursday. He said Russia would defeat those enemies seeking to destroy and dismember it. But the rhetoric failed to reassure markets and the ruble continues its slide.
Ukraine's latest easefire is finally holding, but the US warns that pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are likely to resume the war in the spring. And in the meantime, Ukraine is suffering from the same economic woes as Russia as oil prices plummet.
X-Files star David Duchovny, an American with a Russian-sounding last name, has unwittingly waded into the frosty world of US-Russia relations. And it all has to do with an unfortunately timed beer ad.