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  • Ukraine vows to 'calm' fighting
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vows to "calm" fighting with pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine, a day after 30 people were killed in Mariupol.
    BBC News.  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:45:43 GMT.
  • Fighting At A Ukrainian Army Checkpoint In Eastern Ukraine
    Firefights broke out at a Ukrainian army checkpoint between the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. On January 24, the 40th Battalion's 17th Tank Brigade came under attack at Debaltseve from the direction of Luhansk. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:04:00 +0000.
  • Canada talks free trade in Kyiv as fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine
    International Trade Minister Ed Fast arrived in Kyiv on Sunday for two days of meetings as fighting intensifies between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the embattled country.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:36:25 EST.
  • Ukraine scrambles after new rebel attacks
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko was chairing an emergency security meeting Jan. 25 to forge a response to a new offensive by pro-Russian rebels
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:27:00 +0200.
  • Belarus's quandary: No longer Putin's dependable ally?
    Belarus has long had a reputation as “the last dictatorship in Europe”, for being the Kremlin's lapdog, and for its generally anti-Western orientation. ...
    By Paul Coyer.  Forbes.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:50:00 GMT.
  • Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in eastern Ukraine. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:43:01 +0000.
  • Rockets kill 30 in eastern Ukraine
    Eastern Ukraine rebels have launched an offensive on the city of Mariupol, one of their leaders says, as rockets kill and injure dozens in the port city.
    BBC News.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:40:12 GMT.
  • Australian Open: Madison Keys Defeats Petra Kvitova in Third Round
    Madison Keys, 19, knocked off the two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the third round of the Australian Open.
    By Christopher Clarey.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:26:40 GMT.
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  • 27 Are Killed by Rockets in Ukraine
    Rockets struck homes and a market in the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol on Saturday, the latest indication that the war has flared up again in eastern Ukraine.
    By Andrew E. Kramer.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:04:20 GMT.
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  • Project from war-torn Ukraine wins Terry O’Neil Award for Italian photographer
    The winners of the 2014 Terry O’Neil Award have been announced, with Italian photographer Giorgio Bianchi collecting the first prize with a documentary series covering the crisis in Ukraine. ...
    Digital Photography Review.  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:00:00 Z.
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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