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Ukrainian soldier carries an unexploded shell during demining works in a field near the Novoazovsk district in the vicinity of the eastern city of Mariupol on October 23, 2014. As war-weary Ukraine prepares to vote in a snap parliamentary election on October 26, its former master Russia stands by for once apparently unable to influence the outcome. Of the 29 parties running for seats in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada, the country's parliament, none formally represent the ousted regime of Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych and most support closer ties with the West.

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A Ukrainian soldier carries an unexploded shell during demining works in a field near the Novoazovsk district in the vicinity of the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine on Thursday.

An engine from a Grad missile system found after shelling, stands near a damaged shop not far from Donetsk airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

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An engine from a Grad missile system found after shelling, stands near a damaged shop not far from Donetsk airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

A woman pulls her shopping trolley as she walks past a building that was damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 15, 2014.

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A woman passes a building damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin tests the "Alien Samurai", an electro-mechanical mobile robot, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk...Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, tests the "Alien Samurai", an electro-mechanical mobile robot made by Kulagin using used car components, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 15, 2014. Enthusiast Kulagin, who works as a mechanic of an automobile service station, created about twenty sculptures made of used car parts and components during his non-working hours.

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Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, of Divnogorsk, Siberia, tests the Alien Samurai, an electro-mechanical mobile robot he made from used car components

Russian President Putin poses for a picture with youths who took part in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, as he visits a local Olympic youth sports school in Cheboksary...Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) poses for a picture with youths who took part in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, as he visits a local Olympic youth sports school in Cheboksary, October 9, 2014.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a picture with youths who took part in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, as he visits a local Olympic youth sports school in Cheboksary on Thursday

A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk...A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 9, 2014.

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A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

A woman and a child pass graffiti bearing a message against the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine, in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, October 8, 2014. The graffiti reads, "No to war in Ukraine".

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A mother and child pass graffiti in Russia’s far-eastern city of Vladivostok that bears a message against the conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The graffiti reads: “No to war in Ukraine”.

Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country's near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis. Moscow in early August imposed a one-year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and Norway.

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Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country’s near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis

A Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, September 23, 2014.

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A Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve

A man who left his burned flat stands in front of a building destroyed by shelling this morning in the Kievsky district near the international airport on September 17, 2014 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.  Two civilians were killed in fighting in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where fierce battles were raging near the airport on Wednesday, city hall said.

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A man who left his burned flat stands in front of a building destroyed by shelling this morning in the Kievsky district near the international airport on Wednesday in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine