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Ukrainian volunteers from the Dnipro-1 battalion, funded by Igor Kolomoisky to combat pro-Russia separatists, observes from a position in the village of Chermalyk 40 km northeast of Mariupol on February 26. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Discord in Kiev Plays to Russia's Favor

With the dismissal of a powerful oligarch, the president may have created a potential political competitor and disrupted the pro-West alliance.

A Ukrainian Oligarch Casts Doubts on Unity in Kiev

One of Ukraine's wealthiest men has turned from an ally of Kiev to a potential presidential challenger.

Russian guided missle cruiser Varyag in a port in Shanghai after taking part in a joint military drill with China in May 2014. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia: Reviving the Pacific Fleet

Russia plans to bolster its Pacific naval forces over the next decade, but funding constraints will force it to carefully prioritize spending.