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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.

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.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov at a signing ceremony in Budapest on June 18, 2014. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkmenistan Faces Unprecedented Challenges in 2015

The risk of instability does not seriously threaten the government's survival, but it will force Ashgabat to act more cautiously in its foreign policy.