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  • Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'
    Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. ...
    Spiegel Online.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:50:00 +0200.
  • Putin’s War of Words: A Roundup
    A review of comments by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia meant to inspire nationalist support at home and encourage pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
    By The New York Times.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:52:03 GMT.
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  • Turkey loses to Ukraine in Basketball World Cup
    Turkish national men’s basketball team dug itself a hole with a 64-58 defeat to Ukraine in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:43:00 +0200.
  • Financials Weekly Notes: JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon And RBS
    Growing uncertainty over the unrest in Ukraine figured higher in investors’ minds than the positive impact of a better-than-expected Q2 growth figure of 4.2% for the U.S. economy. ...
    By Trefis Team.  Forbes.  Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:42:00 GMT.
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister on Ukraine
    Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said that the “party of war” in Kiev was trying to disrupt peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
    International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:37:29 GMT.
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  • Million 'have fled Ukraine conflict'
    The number of people who have fled the fighting in Ukraine has doubled in weeks, and the UN says more than a million have now been displaced.
    BBC News.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:35:02 GMT.
  • VIDEO: West looks 'really weak' over Ukraine
    A senior Ukrainian diplomat says the West looks weak against a "power drunk" Russia.
    BBC News.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:07:21 GMT.
  • Russian Photographer In Ukraine's Fate Still Unclear, Despite Cryptic 'RIP' Tweet
    The fate of a Russian photographer who disappeared nearly a month ago in eastern Ukraine remains a mystery despite scattered claims that DNA testing confirmed Andrei Stenin was dead.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:24:08 +0000.
  • Tiny Estonia seeks strong support from Obama
    Spooked by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Estonia is hoping for a strong signal of support from President Barack Obama when he arrives Wednesday in a country that two decades ago had Russian troops on its soil.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:59 EDT.
  • IMF: Ukraine May Need $19B More in Aid if Conflict Continues
    Ukraine may need as much as $19 billion in additional funds from donors if its conflict with pro-Russian separatists continues during 2015, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:53:24 -0400.
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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