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  • Russia lambasts new EU sanctions
    Russia warns new EU sanctions against it over the Ukraine crisis will jeopardise security co-operation and the fight against terrorism.
    BBC News.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:17:05 GMT.
  • Efforts to Secure Malaysia Airlines Crash Site Stall in Eastern Ukraine
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prevented Dutch military police officers from securing the site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, while Russian news media stoked conspiracy theories of a secret Dutch military mission.
    By Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:26:22 GMT.
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  • Under Military Plan, U.S. Could Help Ukraine Target Rebels’ Missiles
    A proposal would let the Obama administration give precise locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them.
    By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:04:37 GMT.
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  • Russia says new EU sanctions risk ending security cooperation
    Russia has said that new European Union sanctions targeting Russian intelligence chiefs over its role in Ukraine risked ending all joint cooperation on security
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:27:00 +0200.
  • Ukraine launches offensive to retake town near Donetsk
    Ukrainian officials say their forces have advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk in hopes of retaking the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:13:45 EDT.
  • US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner
    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:39 EDT.
  • Explosions Echo in Eastern Ukraine City; Russia Denounces EU Sanctions
    Fighting erupted in Donetsk Saturday as the Ukrainian army pressed insurgents who have bolstered defenses in the rebel-controlled eastern Ukrainian city after a string of defeats. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:53:08 -0400.
  • Malaysia, Dutch PMs to Discuss Access to Plane Crash Site
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday he would meet his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte next week to discuss how to secure full access for investigators to the site in Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:55:43 -0400.
  • VIDEO: Russia angry at US 'smear campaign'
    Russia has accused the United States of conducting a 'smear campaign' over its alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict, as the European Union expands its blacklist of Russian individuals and organisations.
    BBC News.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:42:28 GMT.
  • EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Rebel Leaders
    The European Union has added to its sanctions list 15 individuals and 18 entities over their role in the Ukraine crisis.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:40:57 +0000.
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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