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  • Migrant 'document forgers' arrested
    Police in Greece and the Czech Republic arrest more than 20 people suspected of producing forged passports and visas for migrants trying to enter Europe.
    BBC News.  Tue, 31 May 2016 17:03:41 GMT.
  • In pictures: Ukraine removes communist-era symbols
    Goodbye Lenin: Ukraine rids itself of Soviet symbols.
    BBC News.  Tue, 31 May 2016 15:22:41 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: Ukraine Declares War on Journalism
    Reporters are being accused of supporting terrorism. It’s a dangerous precedent for a fragile country.
    Ian Bateson.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 31 May 2016 15:01:14 GMT.
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  • Three Missing After Fire At Huge Ukrainian Landfill
    A search was under way for three rescue workers who disappeared after a massive mound of garbage collapsed during a blaze at a landfill near Lviv, in western Ukraine.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 31 May 2016 10:51:00 +0000.
  • Moscow Condemns NATO Plans to Beef Up Defense In Eastern Europe and Baltics
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday an upcoming "landmark summit" will enhance the alliance's defensive and deterrent presence in eastern Europe and the Baltics. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 May 2016 22:28:00 -0400.
  • Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions
    Standing tough on Russia remains official policy, but Germany has begun working on the careful easing of sanctions imposed following Moscow's aggression in Ukraine. The US is opposed, but many in the EU could support the new approach. ... ...
    Spiegel Online.  Mon, 30 May 2016 18:12:36 +0200.
  • U.N. Suspends Torture Inquiry in Ukraine
    Agency investigators left the country a day early after being denied access to sites under control of the domestic intelligence agency, the team’s leader said.
    Alisa Sopova.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 29 May 2016 18:35:55 GMT.
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  • 17 Die in Fire at Ukraine Home for Elderly
    Ukraine's state emergencies services says 17 people have died in a fire in a building temporarily housing elderly people. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 29 May 2016 06:23:11 -0400.
  • Why The Mongol Horde Retreated From Europe
    It could have been the most devastating invasion of Europe after Attila the Hun, but the attack by the Golden Horde, led by a grandson of Genghis Khan, ended abruptly in AD 1242 with their unexplained retreat from Hungary. ...
    By Paul Rodgers.  Forbes.  Sat, 28 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT.
  • Gorbachev barred from visiting Ukraine for Crimea remarks
    The Ukrainian intelligence agency SBU says it has barred the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, from visiting Ukraine for the next five years
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 26 May 2016 17:41:00 +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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