Ukraine said Tuesday that will avoid a Kremlin cutoff in gas supplies. European gas customers breathed sighs of relief.
The financial crisis, war on two fronts, and, above all, the US election make 2008 historic.
Refugees from Georgia's war with Russia are being resettled in villages but long for their old homes and communities.
The war with Georgia may help make the breakaway province more independent.
The first direct talks since the August war were postponed until Nov. 18 due to a dispute over the role of delegates from the breakaway regions.