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  • RFE/RL Video Roundup - Mar. 2
    Kyrgyz politicians honor slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Moldovans commemorate the victims of the Transdniester conflict, and Afghan officials announce sweeping reforms to the police force, plus news from Iraq.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:46:00 +0000.
  • Russia, Ukraine meet to settle gas deal
    The EU said it hoped for a “positive outcome” in talks in Brussels on March 2 between the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers aimed at resolving a gas supply dispute threatening deliveries to Europe
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:42:00 +0200.
  • Ukraine truce 'still not complete'
    The US accuses pro-Russian rebels of a "piecemeal" approach to the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, withdrawing weapons in only some areas.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:37:35 GMT.
  • Fighting in Ukraine Has Killed Over 840 Since Mid-January, U.N. Says
    A report cites an influx of Russian troops and weapons as undermining chances for peace in a conflict that has left more than 6,000 dead since April.
    By Nick Cumming-bruce.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:00:22 GMT.
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  • EU Mediates Gas Talks Between Russia, Ukraine
    Russia and Ukrainian energy ministers got together for key gas talks in Brussels, amid threats by Russia's Gazprom to cut off deliveries to Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine have sparred over gas deliveries and payments before. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:31:38 -0500.
  • The question is not who killed Russia's Nemtsov, it is why: Nahlah Ayed
    Among the many theories for the calculated murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov last week is his outspoken contempt for the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine. ...
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:45:07 EST.
  • VIDEO: National pride in Ukraine school
    The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes visits a high school in Mariupol where students are taking lessons in Ukrainian patriotism.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:33:54 GMT.
  • Hollande Calls for Immediate Ukraine Truce, Heavy Weapon Pull-back
    French President Francois Hollande repeated demands Monday for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the withdrawal of heavy weapons following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:01:46 -0500.
  • U.N. Report Faults Russia for Escalating Conflict in Ukraine
    An influx of troops and heavy weapons were cited as undermining prospects for peace and causing a significant rise in casualties.
    By Nick Cumming-bruce.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:46:50 GMT.
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  • Nemtsov And The Crisis In Ukraine
    After the shock and grief associated with the sudden murder of Boris Nemtsov, the former Russian deputy Prime Minister under President Boris Yeltsin, speculation grew about who killed him. ...
    By Andy J. Semotiuk.  Forbes.  Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:34:00 GMT.
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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