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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 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

A Pro-Russian gunman prepares in his room in the Oktyaber neighborhood, north west of Donetsk, near the destroyed airport, on November 13, 2014, following last days shelling in eastern Ukraine. After NATO accused Russia of deploying tanks, troops and military hardware to the region, Ukraine said on November 13, four of its soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours and 18 wounded.

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A Pro-Russian gunman prepares in his room in the Oktyaber neighborhood, north west of Donetsk, near the destroyed airport, on Thursday, following last days shelling in eastern Ukraine

A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow's Red Square on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 to mark the anniversary of the Nov. 7, 1917 Bolshevik revolution, which is no longer a public holiday in Russia

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A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution

A local resident walks in front of his damaged house after the recent shelling in Donetsk on November 5, 2014. Ceasefire observers representing government forces, rebels, Russia and the European security body OSCE met in rebel-held Donetsk, but there was little immediate detail available about the results of the talks. The ceasefire in Ukraine hung by a thread on November 5 after President Petro Poroshenko accused pro-Russian rebels of endangering the peace process and ordered troop reinforcements to eastern cities.

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A local resident walks in front of his damaged house after the recent shelling in Donetsk on Wednesday

People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People’s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday

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