Russia is facing a barrage of unprecedented sanctions, including embargoes on its energy exports in the wake of its military operation in neighbouring Ukraine.
Since pro-Russian groups declared their separatism in eastern Ukraine in 2014, violating Ukrainian territorial integrity, the region has seen heavy clashes between Kiev and the separatists.
Chinese media coverage of the Ukraine crisis resembles Russian media, accusing the US and its Western allies of triggering Moscow’s offensive on Kiev.
Russia has failed in Ukraine’s north, and this does not bode well for the future of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other members of the ruling elite.
The strategic region has no borders with Russia, but Moscow has been able to keep it, even allegedly deploying nuclear weapons there.
From April 1, buyers will transfer payments into Russia's Gazprombank account in foreign currency, which the bank will then convert into roubles and transfer into the buyer's rouble account.
As sanctions tighten, dollars and euros are less useful to Moscow. Is a contractual standoff in the offing between the EU and Russia?
Suggestions by Western officials that President Putin's advisers are afraid to tell him truths about the military campaign in Ukraine show how little they understand Russia's government, the Kremlin said.
The first poll since the Ukraine conflict began showed that 83 percent of Russians approve of President Vladimir Putin's actions, up from 71 percent in early February.
Russia's chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky made a wording mistake in Istanbul talks, Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov says, adding President Putin will not simply stop what he has started in Ukraine.
Around 5,000 people chanted "Russia without Putin", "Freedom for Russia, peace for Ukraine" and "Putin is not Russia" as they marched through Prague's historic centre.
Joe Biden and other NATO leaders previously ruled out the possibility of the Western alliance's direct involvement in the conflict. But as Russia mounts pressure on Kiev, some argue that NATO's stance may change.
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