Ukraine will suspend trade with Crimea in 30 days time, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday, adding that restoring electricity to the peninsula will be a separate issue.

Crimea, annexed by Russia last year, is suffering blackouts after four pylons that supplied the peninsula were blown up in November, worsening diplomatic tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

The stand-off prompted Russia to suspend coal exports to Ukraine in retaliation, while Ukraine said it would suspend cargo shipments to Crimea.

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