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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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) speaks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the German Chancellery in Berlin on March 16. (SANDRA STEINS-BUNDESREGIERUNG via Getty Images)

When It Comes to Russia, Germany's Hands Are Tied

Berlin is trying to manage the many actors with an interest in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia while keeping its own imperatives in mind.