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A boy bangs a spoon on a plate as part of a protest rally demanding restoration of the state programme "affordable housing", in front soldiers of volunteer battalion "Donbass" guarding the Ukrainian parliament building during a session in Kiev on July 3, 2014,  to prevent "planned terrorist acts", according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko. Former policeman who headed Ukraine's VIP bodyguard service, Valeriy Geletey, was nominated by Ukrainain President Petro Poroshenko and confirmed by parliament as the country's new Defence minister on July 3, making him the pointman in the battle against pro-Kremlin seperatists in the east.

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Protesters demand restoration of the state programme of affordable housing, in front of volunteer soldiers of battalion Donbass, as they guard the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Thursday to prevent “planned terrorist acts”, according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko

Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolni...Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy on June 30, 2014 in Saint-Nazaire, western France. 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok warship is one of the two navy ships ordered to France by the Russian army:  AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARDJEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy in Saint-Nazaire, western France. About 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class vessel being built at the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok is one of two ships ordered from France by Russia’s navy. Read more

A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s 'Azov' battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s ‘Azov’ battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on June 19, 2014. Ukraine's new Western-backed president announced plans on JUne 18 to order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east that could help end a bloody pro-Russian insurgency and avert his ex-Soviet country's breakup.

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People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on Thursday

A woman rides her bike near famous "Druzhba narodov" ("Friendship of nations") fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space, in Moscow, on June 4, 2014. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached today 29 C (84 F).

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A woman rides her bike near the famous Druzhba narodov (“Friendship of nations”) fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space in Moscow, on Wednesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached 29 degrees

Employees of the Derate pest control company ride on a chair lift at the Bobrovy Log resort area in Taiga outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk...Employees of the Derate pest control company ride on a chair lift at the Bobrovy Log resort area in Taiga outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 3, 2014.

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Employees of the Derate pest control company ride on a chair lift at the Bobrovy Log resort near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia

A child leans against a window as he looks at Ukrainian miners marching in support of the Donetsk People's Republic in Lenin square, Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Miners who, according to local media, have declared an open ended strike, protested against recent actions by Ukraine's military against rebels who tried to take control of the Donetsk airport Monday but were repelled by Ukrainian forces using combat jets and helicopter gunships in clashes that killed up to 100 rebel fighters. Banner reads Fascists will not pass in reference to the Ukrainian government forces.

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A child leans against a window as he looks at Ukrainian miners marching in support of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Lenin square, Donetsk, Ukraine

A pro-Russian rebel mans a barricade in Donetsk...A heavily armed pro-Russian rebel mans a newly erected barricade on the airport road of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk May 27, 2014. More than 50 pro-Russian rebels were killed in an unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly-elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A heavily armed pro-Russian rebel mans a newly erected barricade on the airport road of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. More than 50 pro-Russian rebels were killed in an unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly-elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all Read more

World's Most Complete Mammoth On Display At The Natural History Museum...LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  (EDITORS NOTE:  IMAGES EMBARGOED FOR USE UNTIL 00:01 BST ON TUESDAY MAY 20, 2014) Lyuba, the world's most complete mammoth, is examined by research leader Adrian Lister upon arriving at Natural History Museum on May 19, 2014 in London, England.  The baby mammoth, measuring 85 centimetres tall and 130 centimetres long, was discovered in Siberia, Russia in May 2007 by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi and his sons whilst searching for wood along the Yuribei River some 42,000 years after the one month old mammoth died.  Lyuba, named after Yuri's wife and meaning love in Russia, is on public display at the Natural History Museum from 23 May until 7 September 2014.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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The world’s most complete mammoth, Lyuba, on display at The Natural History Museum, London. The baby mammoth, 85cm tall and 130cm long, was discovered in Siberia by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi along the Yuribei River, some 42,000 years after the one-month-old creature died. It is on display at the museum from Friday until September 7.

Employees of a food stand take pictures of Titan, a robot created by England Cyberstein Robots, performing at the Danilovsly market in downtown of Moscow, Russia, 12 May 2014. Titan visited to Moscow to attend Bal Rotov, an interactive exhibition of the most recent advances in robotics which will be opened on 15 May in Artplay Moscow exhibition center. Titan worked alongside superstars including Will.i.am, Rihanna, Will Smith and Jackie Chan.

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Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia. Read more