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  • Poland's Tusk targeted over plane crash
    A Polish government spokeswoman calls for ex-PM Donald Tusk to be tried for his handling of a 2010 disaster in which the president died.
    BBC News.  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:57:11 GMT.
  • Ukraine bans all Russian planes
    Ukraine bans all Russian planes from using its airspace as Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom stops delivering gas to its neighbour.
    BBC News.  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:57:44 GMT.
  • Gazprom says halts Ukraine gas deliveries over Kyiv non-payment
    Russian state giant Gazprom on Nov. 25 said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine after Kyiv failed to make upfront payments for more supplies
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:24:00 +0200.
  • Kyiv Bans Russian Aircraft Transit, Stops Importing Russian Gas
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country has imposed a ban on transit flights over Ukraine for all Russian airlines.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:54:23 +0000.
  • In Transit: Travel Deals: Food Tours of Eastern Europe
    Tours include visits to Slovenia and Croatia, or to Macedonia and Montenegro, sampling home-cooked meals and street food and traveling to markets.
    Diane Daniel.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:24:25 GMT.
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  • Main French Opposition: End EU Embargo on Russia
    France's main opposition party, The Republicans, on Tuesday called on President Francois Hollande to push for an end to the European Union sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:04:36 -0500.
  • Pro-Ukraine Activists Block Repair of Sabotaged Power Lines to Crimea
    Pro-Ukrainian activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to Crimea on Monday, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kyiv high. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:30:05 -0500.
  • Light Outs In Crimea After Power Lines Attacked
    Crimea was left in the dark yesterday after explosions knocked down power lines linking the peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea with generators in Ukraine.
    By William Pentland.  Forbes.  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:52:00 GMT.
  • Curious Czech Creation Makes the Most of Its Environment
    The inspiration for Chameleon House, with six irregularly shaped rooms branching out to focus on a different part of the garden, came from the changeable lizard.
    Lisette Allen.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:09:05 GMT.
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  • East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers
    Joy Womack is from California, Sergei Polunin from a poor city in Ukraine. One went East to pursue a career in ballet, the other West. For both, talent has proven to be a double-edged sword.
    Spiegel Online.  Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:57:00 +0100.
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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