U.S.-Russian Relations at Low Point Heading Into 2018
30 December 2017 | 7:00 am
Topping the Kremlin’s list for disappointments in 2017? The failure to restore ties with the U.S., according to spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
German energy official Klaus Müller has said the country's gas situation is stable but predicted higher prices for consumers. He also said that Germany can last another 2 1/2 months without Russian gas.
Latvian singer Intars Busulis had millions of fans in Russia and a successful concert career. But he has given all that up now. He is writing pro-peace songs and using social media to try to show Russians what is happening in Ukraine. The move has come at some cost.
Carson Pickett became the first player with a limb difference to play for the United States women's soccer team on Tuesday.
U.S., British embassy pride flags fly in face of Russia 'gay propaganda' law
On February 24, the first day of Russia's war in Ukraine, Moscow's troops took over Chernobyl, the scene of the world's worst ever nuclear accident. Following a 35-day occupation, Ukraine regained control of the defunct plant but workers have had a hard time returning it to regular functioning. Employees were forced to rebuild IT systems from scratch after specialist equipment and software was ransacked by Russian soldiers. Chernobyl remains a highly volatile site, with hundreds of tonnes of radioactive material still sitting under a protective cover.
Russia is supplying less and less gas to Germany. Now the Nord Stream pipeline is being shut for maintenance, and no one knows for sure if it will come back online. The Kremlin is using gas to exert leverage on Germany.
Even as the war goes on, Ukrainians are tracking down war criminals. Kyiv authorities say they know of 3,000 war crimes and have 300 possible culprits' names from their region alone. They say international cooperation will be required to bring these Russian soldiers to justice.
Canada will return to Germany the repaired turbine of the Russian Nord Stream 1 pipeline, vital for sustaining German gas supply. Ukraine has condemned the move, saying it undermines the sanctions against Russia.
Berlin is upping its cybersecurity defenses to counter the threat of Russian online attacks. Experts warn Germany is vulnerable to sabotage attempts and efforts to sow disinformation as war rages in Ukraine.
DW correspondent Juri Rescheto brings us this story of a Russian teacher who has been suffering consequences for expressing her anti-war stance. She has refused to be silenced despite pressure.
More than 15,000 suspected cases of war crimes are being investigated in Ukraine. From mass graves in Bucha, to testimonies from towns like Irpin and Borodyanka, the number is growing. DW's Rebecca Ritters heard from residents in the town of Trostyanets.
Russian missiles struck a city in central Ukraine Thursday, killed 21 people and wounding about 90 more, Ukrainian authorities said. The country's president called the attack "an open act of terrorism" against civilians in locations without any military value.
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