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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015.

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A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday

Ukrainian serviceman walks in front  of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train at the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on March 6, 2015. Kiev announced on March 5 it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal spelt out in the deal struck in Minsk.

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks in front of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on Friday. Kiev announced on Thursday it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal agreed in a deal struck in Minsk.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention center in Moscow, Russia, 06 March 2015. Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention centre in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Mr Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.

Relatives and friends pay their respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony in Moscow on March 3, 2015. Russia vowed on March 2 to find the killers of outspoken opposition leader Boris Nemtsov as fresh details emerged about the most shocking political assassination during Vladimir Putin's rule. Nemtsov's body will lie in state on March 3 at the Andrei Sakharov rights centre in Moscow, followed by his burial at the city's Troekurovskoye cemetery.

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Relatives and friends pay respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia vowed to find the killers of the opposition leader as details emerge about the most shocking political assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin’s rule

A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152 mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire.

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A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine

Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he called "Oil Mosquitoes", which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 25, 2015. Slonov showed his installation called "Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth" ahead of the opening the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on February 26.

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Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he calls ‘Oil Mosquitoes’, which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on beside the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Mr Slonov showed his installation titled ‘Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth’ ahead of the opening of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on Thursday

A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, is seen in a bus as he prepares to return home, in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2015. Pro-Russia separatists said on Tuesday they began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine under a ceasefire deal, but the Ukrainian military, which says it won't pull back until fighting stops, reported further shelling.

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A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, returns home by bus to Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday

Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin (L) and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on February 23, 2015. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on February 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday.

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Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces smokes as he sits at a military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 23, 2015. Ukraine's military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented.

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A member of the Ukrainian armed forces smokes as he sits at a military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented

A Russia-backed rebel holds a heavy machine-gun in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.

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A Russia-backed rebel holds a heavy machine-gun in Debaltseve, Ukraine on Friday. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town

A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.

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A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town

Ukrainian servicemen ride on a tank as they leave area around Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine near Artemivsk February 18, 2015. Weary Ukrainian troops, some in columns, some in cars, began arriving on Wednesday from the besieged town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, a Reuters witness said.

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Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday

Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on deep into a second day Thursday,

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Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on into a second day

A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

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A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz...A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz, February 10, 2015.

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A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz on Tuesday

An employee works at a state regional cinema fund in Krasnoyarsk

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Employee Dmitry Kudryavtsev selects a film to work on at the “Krasnoyarsky Kinograph” (Krasnoyarsk Cinemagraph) state regional cinema fund in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The fund stores feature, documentary, newsreel films and other footage taken since the beginning of the 20th century, which were examined, reconditioned and sorted by employees. Many collections, including the ones featuring periods of history of Russia and Siberia, are of great value, according to the representatives of the fund.

Swans swim over a lake as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Sovetsky district of Altai region...Swans swim over a lake, with the air temperature at about minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit) as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Sovetsky district of Altai region, January 26, 2015. About 600 swans annually migrate to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend their winter being fed by yagers, which help them to survive the severe cold. Picture taken January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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Swans on a lake near the village of Urozhainy, in the Sovetsky district of the Altai region of Russia. The air temperature is minus 35 degrees Celsius. The swans migrate annually to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend the winter.

Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday's shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday Jan. 26, 2015. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September.

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Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday’s shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September

Bus stop grenade kills nine civilians in eastern Ukraine ...epa04575271 Local people inspect the place of the explosion near of a bus stop in downtown of Donetsk, Ukraine, 22 January 2015. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early 22 January when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian separatists said.  EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

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Local people inspect the site of an explosion near a bus stop in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early on Thursday, pro-Russian separatists said.