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Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on September 2, 2015.

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Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark’s astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday

A boy stands by a wall sprayed with a graffiti depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Crimean city of Simferopol on Tuesday.

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A boy stands by a wall sprayed with a graffiti depicting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimean city of Simferopol on Tuesday.

Servicemen of the Kiev-1,Ukrainian volunteers battalion, take part in training exercises in Kiev on August 28, 2015. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on August 27, 2015 reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east. Government spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said seven Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 13 injured in fighting that centred mostly around the pro-Russian republic of Donetsk

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Servicemen of the Kiev-1,Ukrainian volunteers battalion, take part in training exercises in Kiev on Friday

A mobile phone cover with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and which reads "Mr President"

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A mobile phone cover with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and which reads “Mr President” is seen in this photo illustration taken a in hotel room in Kazan, Russia

A Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer performs on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 21, 2015. The MAKS-2015 will be held in Zhukovsky from August 25 to 30.

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A Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer performs on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Friday

A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

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A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia.

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A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia.

Competitors start in a men's 50m freestyle heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 7, 2015.

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Competitors start in a men’s 50m freestyle heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia today.

Hungary's Liliana Szilagyi swims in a women's 200m butterfly heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 5, 2015

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Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi swims in a women’s 200m butterfly heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia

Katie Ledecky from U.S. swims during the women's 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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Katie Ledecky from U.S. swims during the women’s 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia

A spectator watches the morning heats at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

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A spectator watches the morning heats at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Monday

The full moon rises over the illuminated Kazan Kremlin and Qol Sharif mosque in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, located in Russia's Volga River area.

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The full moon rises over the illuminated Kazan Kremlin and Qol Sharif mosque in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, located in Russia’s Volga River area.

China's Si is seen underwater during the women's 10m platform preliminary event at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan

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China’s Si Yajie is seen underwater during the women’s 10m platform preliminary event at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.

Members of Team France perform in the synchronised swimming team technical final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia July 27, 2015.

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Members of Team France perform in the synchronised swimming team technical final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia today.

Russian navy battle ships station in the bay during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, July 24, 2015. The Russian Navy Day is celebrated the last Sunday of July.

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Russian navy battle ships station in the bay during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea on Friday

Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 17, 2015. The rebel-held east Ukrainian village where a Malaysian airliner was shot down honored the 298 victims at a simple ceremony on Friday as calls grew for an international tribunal to prosecute those who brought it down. After a church service in the village of Hrabove, residents joined a procession across an open field to a gravestone placed near the charred area where twisted metal and body parts came crashing down on July 17 last year.

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Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine on Friday

Members of the Russian honor guard perform ceremonial change-over at Military Glory hall of Mamayev Kurgan World War Two memorial complex in Volgograd...Members of the Russian honor guard perform a ceremonial change-over at the Military Glory hall of the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd, Russia, July 15, 2015. Russia will host the World Cup soccer tournament for FIFA in 2018

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Members of the Russian honor guard perform a ceremonial change-over at the Military Glory hall of the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd, Russia, on Wednesday

A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 15, 2015

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A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Monday

Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) rew member Anton Shkaplerov of Russia out of the Soyuz TMA-15M shortly after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, June 11, 2015. Three astronauts landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Thursday, ending their 199-day mission after an unexpected "bonus month" aboard the International Space Station, NASA Television showed

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Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anton Shkaplerov of Russia out of the Soyuz TMA-15M shortly after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday

Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on June 5, 2015.

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Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on Friday