Competitive ice fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who catches the elusive "Christmas fish" this year?
As a rift between the Eastern Orthodox Church's Ukrainian and Russian branches deepens, Dr Ralph Lee, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge contributed to DW's review of the church's history and beliefs.
In 2013, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets demanding an independent judiciary and an end to corruption. Since then, some progress has been made, but activists say much more work lies ahead.
The Ukrainian president, in Istanbul for a state visit, met with the leader of the Orthodox Church in an effort to secure religious freedom from Russia. The head of the Moscow church called the accord "catastrophic."
Controversial Ukrainian website Myrotvorets has added former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to its list of enemies of the state. It’s caused quite a stir — but that seems to be the desired effect.
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