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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, September 2, 2014.

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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Residents launch paper boats during celebrations for the 69th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 2, 2014. The holiday, marking the victory over Japan in World War II, is a Russian national memorial day, established by then President Dmitry Medvedev and approved by the Russian State Duma and the Federation Council on July 23, 2010.

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Residents launch paper boats in the far eastern city of Vladivostok in Russia on Tuesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

Workers prepare the launching ceremony o...Workers prepare the launching ceremony of the Russian diesel-electric attack submarine Stary Oskol on Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg on August 28, 2014. Submarine "Stary Oskol" Project 636 is the third in the series, built to deliver the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Stary Oskol belongs to the Improved Kilo by NATO classification.

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Workers prepare the launch of the Russian diesel-electric attack submarine Stary Oskol at Admiralty shipyard, St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stands nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stands nearby, in Minsk

Sich special volonteer battalion members stand on August 26, 2014 during an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO) in the east of the country. Kiev's security services on August 26 released a video purporting to show captured 10 Russian soldiers captured on its territory who a Moscow military source claimed had crossed into Ukraine "by accident."

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Sich special volunteer battalion members stand on Tuesday during an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO) in the east of the country

 Ukrainian soldiers on an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city Kramatorsk, Ukraine, 14 August 2014. Ukraine said that any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country's embattled east. The Ukrainian government fears the Russians could be supplying arms to separatists, under the guise of supplying 2,000 tons of food and medicine to civilians in the rebel-held areas.

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Ukrainian soldiers on an armoured personnel carrier in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine says any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country’s embattled east

A woman reacts after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on August 12, 2014. Shelling on a town just north of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday ripped through blocks of flats and set its central market on fire, killing several in an attack that local residents blamed on Ukrainian forces.

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A woman reacts with tears after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, Ukraine

A rebel gunmen patrols in a yard of a high-security prison after shelling in Donetsk on August 11, 2014. Over 100 inmates broke out of jail when shells rained down on a high-security prison in the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk in east Ukraine, killing one, local authorities said on August 11. A total of 568 Ukrainian troops have been killed during four months of fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, the military said on August 11. Another 2,120 servicemen have been wounded, security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, as Kiev has battled to oust insurgent fighters in a conflict classed as a civil war by the Red Cross.

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A rebel gunman patrols a high-security prison after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine. More than 100 inmates broke out of jail when shells rained down on the prison in the besieged rebel stronghold

A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk.

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A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk.

Refugees from south-eastern Ukraine wait...Refugees from south-eastern Ukraine wait as they arrive at a refugee camp set in Donetsk near Rostov on Don, on August 6, 2014. The number of Ukrainian refugees in this camp  which can accommodate 1.000 people, has exceeded 1,500 people, the spokesperson for the regional government, Alexander Titov, said on Wednesday.  Some 285,000 people have already fled their homes due to the conflict in east Ukraine, it estimated, with many leaving for other parts of the country, but close to 168,000 seeking sanctuary in Russia. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY KRONBERGANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images

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Refugees from southeastern Ukraine at a refugee camp in Donetsk near Rostov, Russia. The number of Ukrainians in the camp, which can accommodate 1,000 people, has exceeded 1,500, the spokesperson for the regional government, Alexander Titov, said on Wednesday.