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  • Tensions over Russian aid convoy as Merkel heads to Kiev
    Parts of a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow on Saturday crossed back from rebel-held east Ukraine to Russian territory, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel jetted into Kiev for crisis talks
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:29:00 +0200.
  • Russian convoy leaves Ukraine
    Lorries from an unauthorised Russian aid convoy cross back from rebel-held eastern Ukraine as German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Kiev.
    BBC News.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:18:07 GMT.
  • Controversial Russian aid convoy leaving Ukraine
    Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:43:56 EDT.
  • Russian Truck Convoy Begins Leaving Eastern Ukraine
    Several trucks from a Russian convoy that passed into Ukraine without permission from Kyiv have returned back across the border into Russia. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:17:05 -0400.
  • Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
    Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border into Russia on Saturday.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:06 EDT.
  • VIDEO: Russian aid convoy defies Ukraine
    Russia sends more than 100 aid lorries into eastern Ukraine, without permission from Kiev.
    BBC News.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:10:10 GMT.
  • Russians Open Fire in Ukraine, NATO Reports
    NATO officials said that the Russian military had moved artillery units inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and was using them to fire at Ukrainian forces.
    By Andrew Higgins and Michael R. Gordon.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:06:51 GMT.
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  • Obama, Merkel Alarmed By Russian Actions In Ukraine
    U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have expressed alarm at Russian moves inside Ukraine.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:31:27 +0000.
  • Russian Convoys Enter Ukraine Without Permission
    Russian aid trucks have crossed the border into Ukraine's war-ravaged eastern city of Luhansk without permission from the government in Kyiv. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0400.
  • DealBook: Germany Approves Sale of Utility’s Oil and Gas Unit to Russians
    The decision comes despite the tensions between the European Union and Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine.
    By Melissa Eddy.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:47:08 GMT.
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Czech map, showing Prague, its capital city, as well as other cities in the Czech Republic
Poland map, showing Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, and parts of adjoining eastern European nations
Ukraine map, showing Kiev, its capital city, and other Ukrainian cities

Facts About Eastern Europe

Eastern European States include Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova as well as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  The government websites listed below provide official news and travel information about each of these Eastern Europe countries.

The Republic of Belarus' capital city is Minsk, and its national currency is the Belorusian Rouble.  Belorusian and Russian are the primary languages used in Belarus, and in 2007, the population of Belarus was estimated at 9,725,000.

The Czech Republic's capital city is Prague, and its national currency is the Koruna.  Czech is the nation's official language, and in 2007, the Czech Republic's estimated population was 10,229,000.

The Republic of Hungary's capital city is Budapest, and its currency is the Forint.  Magyar is the primary language used by Hungarians, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 9,956,000.

The Republic of Moldova's capital city is Chisinau, and its currency is the Leu.  Moldovan's official language is Moldovan, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 4,329,000.

The Republic of Poland's capital city is Warsaw, and its currency is the Zloty.  The primary language used in Poland is Polish, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 38,518,000.

Romania's capital city is Bucharest, and its national currency is the Leu.  Romania's official language is Romanian, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 22,276,000.

The Slovak Republic's capital city is Bratislava, and its currency is the Koruna.  Slovakia's official language is Slovak, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,448,000.

Ukraine's capital city is Kiev, and its currency is the Hryvnia.  Ukrainian and Russian are Ukraine's primary languages, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 46,300,000.


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