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    The release of the first unified Russian-Ukrainian textbook for history teachers is planned for the end of 2010, the Ukrainian education minister said at a RIA Novosti video link-up on Thursday.

    The release of the first unified Russian-Ukrainian textbook for history teachers is planned for the end of 2010, the Ukrainian education minister said at a RIA Novosti video link-up on Thursday.

    "The textbook is being created for to the teachers who work with...secondary school pupils - to understand each other better," Dmitri Tabachnyk said.

    Russia and Ukraine differ in their interpretation of the 1930s famine in Ukraine. Ukrainian nationalists say Russia, as the legal successor of the Soviet Union, should bear responsibility for the famine in which more than 3 million people perished.

    The news came on the same day that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said the country should reach a national understanding over controversial historic figures.

    He said the current authorities do not share the plans of the previous administration to make heroes of figures such as nationalist Stepan Bandera, a Nazi collaborator popular in the west of the country.

    MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti)

     

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