The new government of President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the creation of safety corridors that would allow eastern Ukrainian people to vote with their feet, creating the biggest exodus in eastern Europe since World War 2.
Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday called on Russia and the international community to recognise its independence, as fears grew that it could become a new flashpoint in East-West tensions.
Moldova, another former Soviet state with a restive Russian-speaking minority, fears events in neighbouring Ukraine will provide a blueprint for its own separatists, and bring further hardship to Europe's poorest country.
There is another area bordering on Ukraine that is within the Russian orbit although not recognized officially by Russia. As with the Crimea and the Ukraine, Transnistria is regarded as a part of the Moldova but with some autonomy.
Moldova's parliament has voted in favor of compulsory chemical castration for paedophiles convicted of assaulting children under the age of 15. The law, which will come into effect on July 1, applies to foreign nationals as well as Moldovans.
The Republic of Moldova will start receiving 90 million Euros in macro-financial assistance in the following weeks, after the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union declared the readiness of the block to continue supporting this country.
Undercover detectives in the Republic of Moldova have arrested three smugglers possessing and trying to sell 1.8 kg of highly radioactive uranium-238, possibly enough to construct a so-called dirty bomb.
Tensions are high following a mutiny in the mountainous Caucasian nation of Georgia. Elements of the Mukhrovani tank battalion mutinied this week near the capital, Tbilisi, in circumstances that remain unclear.