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  • MH17 jet 'downed by shrapnel'
    Security officials in Ukraine say the Malaysia Airlines jet downed in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure caused by missile shrapnel.
    BBC News.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:02:19 GMT.
  • UK says EU sanctions deal 'closer'
    EU talks on tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine are "moving in the right direction", No 10 says.
    BBC News.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:45:06 GMT.
  • Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17
    Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president Tim Clark told The Times
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:00 +0200.
  • Fighting Again Forces International Team in Ukraine to Retreat
    The delegation had been trying to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, downed in what a United Nations official called a possible war crime.
    By Andrew E. Kramer, David M. Herszenhorn and Alan Cowell.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:45:17 GMT.
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  • RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 28
    Muslims in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Tajikistan celebrate Eid al-Fitr, plus stories from Moldova and Serbia.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000.
  • Poland, Britain call for more sanctions on Russia
    The foreign ministers of Poland and Britain have called for more economic sanctions on Russia, saying it is responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine this month.
    Miami Herald.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12 EDT.
  • Downing of Malaysian Plane May Be a ‘War Crime,’ U.N. Rights Official Says
    The assessment came as United Nations monitors said that more than 1,100 people had been killed in “extremely alarming” fighting in eastern Ukraine since mid-April.
    By Alan Cowell.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:27:25 GMT.
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  • Latvian man fighting for pro Russia rebels in Ukraine crisis - The Baltic Times
    A Latvian man may be fighting for pro Russia rebels in the Ukraine crisis, security police say. The claims confirmed by several sources were being investigated on Monday. The Security Police ...
    Baltic Times.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT.
  • MH17 Crash Investigators Hampered by Fighting in Ukraine
    A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:21:00 -0400.
  • On the front lines in eastern Ukraine with a rebel dog: Susan Ormiston
    The CBC's Susan Ormiston reports from the front line in eastern Ukraine, where she received a strange request amidst the battle between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:55:57 EDT.
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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