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US warns against Russian military intervention in Ukraine

The United States has warned Russia that it would be a "grave mistake" to embark on military intervention in Ukraine.

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Putin and Merkel discuss Ukraine situation in phone call

Russia's President Putin and the German Chancellor Merkel held a phone conversation to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin has said.

"They underscored their joint interest in a stable Ukraine - both in economic and political terms," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement, adding they had agreed to stay in close contact.

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