Crimeans are bracing for a dark, cold New Year's Eve as the peninsula is hit by yet another power outage.
A Crimean official has said that Ukraine has cut off a major source of electrical power to the region, a month after saboteurs first plunged the peninsula annexed by Russia into darkness.
Kyiv says it will approve a ban on the import of some Russian goods in response to similar actions by Moscow.
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine have renewed their support for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine during phone discussions between them.
Kyiv is threatening to take legal action over the decision by a leading winemaker in Russian-annexed Ukraine to put 13,000 vintage bottles up for auction.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the cease-fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists is becoming more fragile.
As its crusading Governor Mikheil Saakashvili grabs the Ukrainian national spotlight, there are fears that Odesa continues to languish in corruption.
A day in court for Ukrainian businessman-turned-politician Hennadiy Korban descended into chaos after thugs barged into the courtroom in Kyiv and began randomly beating those in attendance.
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Ukraine's military has said that one of its soldiers and an elderly woman were killed in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists despite a holiday truce.
Ukraine's parliament has approved a budget for 2016, fulfilling a key demand of the International Monetary Fund that enables it to keep providing Kyiv with loans.