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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk December 18, 2014.

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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

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Russian currency dropped to 100 roubles to the euro on Tuesday, after Russia’s central bank made a surprise move on Monday night to raise interest rates to 17%

A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region, December 12, 2014. According to Russian media, over 50 trucks arrived in Donetsk while another 80 trucks arrived in Luhansk

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A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday

A man stands next to his house destroyed overnight by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-russian fighters, on December 9, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 9 a ceasefire along the front line in the east of his country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a "day of silence" in the war with pro-Russian separatists.

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A man stands next to his house, which was destroyed on Monday night by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-Russian fighters.

Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on December 1, 2014. Official statistics shows the country needs a million tonnes of anthracite coal per month to feed its power stations. By November 24, only 1.8 million tonnes were left in the reserves. Russia announced it was stopping coal supplies to Ukraine last week, claiming "force majeure" but offering no explanation.

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Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday

A woman walks in heavy snowfall in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, December 1, 2014.

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A woman walks in heavy snowfall in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Monday

A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev...A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev November 21, 2014. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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A woman reacts as she walks inbetween photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes in Kiev. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of the country’s pro-EU mass protests that caused the removal of former president Viktor Yanukovich

An aerial view of a 30-meter wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5 kilometers east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in the Perm region, Russia.

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An aerial view of a 30m wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5km east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia’s Perm region

A man walks on the debris of a gutted and destroyed apartment, damaged by shelling, in the kuibachevsky district of the eastern Ukranian city of Donetsk, on November 17, 2014, as artillery fire continues to rock the eastern Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel bastion. Seven Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers were killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev.

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A man walks on the debris of a gutted and destroyed apartment, damaged by shelling, in the eastern Ukranian city of Donetsk, as artillery fire continues to rock the pro-Russian rebel bastion

A young Ukrainian cadet warms his hands, after an oath-taking ceremony and a prayer service at Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Ukraine, 14  November 2014. About 100 young Ukrainian cadets took part in an oath-taking ceremony, including 10 cadets from the ATO area, local media report.

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A young Ukrainian cadet warms his hands, after an oath-taking ceremony and a prayer service at Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Ukraine