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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. 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 litttle boy sits in a baby's bath at a temporary facility for refugees form Eastern Ukraine, 20 km outside from the Crimean capital Simferopol, on July 17, 2014. Kiev and the West blame Moscow for fuelling the fighting but those leaving the rebels' self-proclaimed republics say that joining the thousands of others who have already headed across the border into Russia is their only hope.

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A litttle boy sits in a baby’s bath at a temporary facility for refugees form Eastern Ukraine, 20 km outside from the Crimean capital Simferopol, on Thursday

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.

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.

Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol...Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol, March 20, 2014. The legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia will be completed this week, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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Russian officers walk to meet Ukrainian colleagues on the ship Slavutich in Sevastopol. The legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia will be completed this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. Read more

A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian so...A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian soldiers stand guard after they took control of the Ukrainian navy south headquarters base in Novoozerne on March 19, 2014. Russian forces seized control of a second Ukrainian navy base in western Crimea on March 19, hours after capturing the main navy headquarters in Sevastopol. Some 50 Ukrainian servicemen were seen filing out of the base at Novoozerne as Russian soldiers stood by, while pro-Moscow militants raised the Russian flag over the base.  AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian soldiers stand guard after they took control of the Ukrainian navy south headquarters base in Novoozerne. Russian forces seized control of a second Ukrainian navy base in western Crimea on Wednesday, hours after capturing the main navy headquarters in Sevastopol. Some 50 Ukrainian servicemen were seen filing out of the base at Novoozerne as Russian soldiers stood by, while pro-Moscow militants raised the Russian flag over the base Read more

People attend a rally called "We are together" to support the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow

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People attend a rally to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow, on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. The flags display portraits of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and read “We are together!

President Vladimir Putin speaks about Crimea...epa04130843 Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 18 March 2014. Crimea and Sevastopol will join Russia as two separate regions, President Putin said, adding that he would sign treaties immediately.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY / POOL

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Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 18 March 2014. Crimea and Sevastopol will join Russia as two separate regions, President Putin said, adding that he would sign treaties immediately.

A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea's regional parliament building in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on March 11 in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia..  AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea’s regional parliament building in Simferopol

Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St. George's Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine  in central Moscow, on March 10, 2014. Ukraine sought today urgent Western backing after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.

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Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.