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  • Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave
    A top Ukrainian official said that elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine's sovereignty is renewed in the region and the Russia's presence is eliminated in those territories. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:40:52 -0400.
  • Interview: In Eastern Ukraine, 'Too Many Troops Willing To Fire'
    With so many opposing troops massed in close proximity along the line of separation, you can expect more civilians to be caught in the line of fire in eastern Ukraine. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:34:53 +0000.
  • As tensions rise, NATO chief calls for Cold War-style hotline with Moscow
    You can tell tension has risen to a very serious state of jitters when NATO feels the need for Cold War-era style hotlines with Moscow to prevent sudden, armed clashes in eastern Europe.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:00 EDT.
  • Russia lambasts Poland over bikers ban
    Russia summons the Polish ambassador in Moscow to protest against a ban on Russian bikers from entering Poland as part of World War Two commemorations.
    BBC News.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:08:56 GMT.
  • Police tried to keep rapist's name secret
    Police try to keep the identity of a Polish rapist secret in a town where there have been tensions over an influx of Eastern European migrants.
    BBC News.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:30:38 GMT.
  • Global Investment Guide: How To Invest In Hungary
    I discuss the investment climate in terms of the macroeconomic and policy situations, the investment outlook across asset classes, and also indicate typical investment vehicles for accessing exposure to Hungary.
    By Sara Zervos.  Forbes.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev Offers to Sell More SABMiller Assets in Europe
    On the block would be SABMiller’s assets in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia as it seeks approval for their merger.
    Chad Bray.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:05:11 GMT.
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  • 9,333 Killed Since Ukraine Conflict Began, U.N. Says
    More than 20,000 people have been wounded in the conflict that began in April 2014, a United Nations official said.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:13:16 GMT.
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  • Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees
    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:34:00 -0400.
  • Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl shocked the world
    Ukraine on April 26 marks 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:59:00 +0200.
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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