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Newlyweds outside a regional government building seized by pro-Russian armed men in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine Read more

Pro-Russian activists warm themselves at a bonfire next to barricades in front of an entrance to the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, in Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014. Ukraine s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday told leaders in the country s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers. Yatsenyuk told the meeting, which did not include representatives of the separatists, that more authority should be delegated to regional authorities.

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Pro-Russian activists warm themselves next to barricades at a regional office of the security service in Luhansk, Ukraine, 20 miles west of the Russian border, on Friday.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to explanations and looks at an exhibit as he visits the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2014.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.

Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 10 April 2014. Pro-Russian protesters continued to hold seized Ukrainian administrative buildings in Donetsk and Lugansk, which were occupied by them some days ago.

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Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday

TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Re...TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow Read more

Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine's embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to "dismember" his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.

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Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine’s embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to “dismember” his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.

Soviet military veterans take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.

Guy Deveau of Canada finishes a sand sculpture named "Soviet Union" at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world's first sand museum, features the theme "Russia" this year as mark to hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Game in Sochi. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow...Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: FASHION)

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Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia

Russian lawmaker, Hero of Russia Alexander Chekalin carries a Crimean flag, to add to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Russian Federation Council building in Moscow, Russia. Two flags, one of Crimea and the other one of Sevastopol have been added to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Federation Council, marking the end of celebrations on the occasion of the region's accession to Russia.

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Russian lawmaker, Hero of Russia Alexander Chekalin carries a Crimean flag, to add to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Russian Federation Council building in Moscow, Russia. Two flags, one of Crimea and the other one of Sevastopol have been added to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Federation Council, marking the end of celebrations on the occasion of the region’s accession to Russia.