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Don River, Russia

The Don is one of the major rivers of Russia. It rises near Tula, southeast of Moscow, and flows for a distance of about 1,950 km (1,220 miles) to the Sea of Azov.

From its source, the river first flows southeast to Voronezh[?], then southwest to its mouth. The main city on the river is Rostov[?], its main tributary the Donets[?].

At its easternmost point, the Don comes near the Volga, and the Don-Volga Canal[?] (length ca. 105 km (65 miles)), connecting both rivers, is a major waterway.

The Don was known in the times of the old Scythians as the Tanaïs, and has been a major trading route ever since.

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