By ANDREW HIGGINS
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived in Brussels absent the customary ceremony, a small sign that unrest in Ukraine has chilled Russian relations with Europe.
By STEVEN LEE MYERS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
President Vladimir V. Putin said that Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon, could soon be freed from prison, a reversal many saw as an attempt to quiet critics before the Winter Olympics.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Unless followed by a strengthening of the rule of law, President Putin's amnesties are an imperial gesture, not a sign that justice has been served.
By ALISON SMALE
President Viktor F. Yanukovich repeated assurances that there would be no violent move to clear out antigovernment protesters in Kiev, yet also warned outside powers against interference.