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  • Ukraine country profile
    Provides an overview of Ukraine, including key events and facts about Europe's second biggest country.
    BBC News.  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:17:33 GMT.
  • RFE/RL Video Roundup - November 28
    Romania's president-elect visits ahead of crucial parliamentary elections in Moldova, aid for ethnic Kyrgyz in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan, plus stories from Kazakhstan and Georgia. (RFE/RL)
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:06:00 +0000.
  • A Tilt Toward NATO in Ukraine as Parliament Meets
    At the convening of a new Parliament in Ukraine, President Petro O. Poroshenko urged the repeal of the country’s nonaligned status and a move toward joining NATO.
    By David M. Herszenhorn.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:54:07 GMT.
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  • Moldova steps up measures to fight provocations before elections
    External forces seek to undermine the country's internal security, authorities warn.
    Southeast European Times.  2014-11-28.
  • EU adds 18 Ukrainian separatist groups, individuals to blacklist
    The European Union on Nov. 27 added five separatist groups and 13 individuals to a blacklist for their role in elections this month in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:47:00 +0200.
  • Despite Cease-Fire, Ukraine Conflict Grinds On, With Deaths Mounting
    The Ukrainian military says it has recorded 3,412 rebel cease-fire violations, while separatists accuse Ukraine of shelling the eastern city of Donetsk.
    By Andrew E. Kramer.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:01:43 GMT.
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  • Ukraine in anti-corruption pledge
    Ukraine's new parliament meets for the first time, as the president says he intends to nominate a foreigner to lead the country's anti-corruption efforts.
    BBC News.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:41:20 GMT.
  • EU Adds 13 Ukrainians, 5 Groups to Sanctions List
    The European Union on Thursday added five separatist groups and 13 Ukrainians to the bloc's sanctions list for their roles in elections this month in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, diplomats said. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:55:40 -0500.
  • The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe
    With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. ...
    Spiegel Online.  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:27:08 +0100.
  • More than half of Latvians live in fear war due to Ukraine crisis, survey shows - The Baltic Times
    More than half of Latvia's residents live in the fear of a threat of war, a new survey shows. The number of of residents who fear the threat of war due to the Ukraine crisis has risen from ...
    Baltic Times.  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 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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