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Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 17, 2015. The rebel-held east Ukrainian village where a Malaysian airliner was shot down honored the 298 victims at a simple ceremony on Friday as calls grew for an international tribunal to prosecute those who brought it down. After a church service in the village of Hrabove, residents joined a procession across an open field to a gravestone placed near the charred area where twisted metal and body parts came crashing down on July 17 last year.

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Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine on Friday

Workers are seen at a coke plant in the town of Avdiyivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Situated close to the 'contact line' between Ukrainian government forces and well-armed rebels, the Avdiyivka Coking Plant outside the rebel-held regional capital, Donetsk, has been hit by about 230 rocket and artillery attacks since hostilities erupted over a year ago. The Avdiyivka plant, owned by industrial tycoon Rinat Akhmetov's Metinvest group, is one of Europe's biggest coking plants and provides the fuel for the steelmaking industry, itself a vital branch of Ukraine's economy

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Workers are seen at a coke plant in the town of Avdiyivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Situated close to the ‘contact line’ between Ukrainian government forces and well-armed rebels, the plant has been hit multiple times by rockets from both sides

A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015.

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A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday

A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk...Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk March 4, 2015. A blast at the coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people, a local official said on Wednesday, with dozens more miners who were underground at the time unaccounted for.

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Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk on Wednesday. A blast at the coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people

A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152 mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire.

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A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine

Pro-Russia militants sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as convoy of 2S1 Gvozdikas (122-mm self-propelled howitzers) takes a break as they move from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk regio

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Pro-Russia rebels sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as a convoy of 2S1 Gvozdikas (122-mm self-propelled howitzers) takes a break near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk region

Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin (L) and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on February 23, 2015. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on February 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday.

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Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday

A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

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A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

A woman reacts as the residential block (back) in which she lives in burns, a result of recent shelling according to locals, on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A woman reacts as the residential block she lives in burns on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as a result of shelling, according to locals

Bus stop grenade kills nine civilians in eastern Ukraine ...epa04575271 Local people inspect the place of the explosion near of a bus stop in downtown of Donetsk, Ukraine, 22 January 2015. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early 22 January when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian separatists said.  EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

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Local people inspect the site of an explosion near a bus stop in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early on Thursday, pro-Russian separatists said. 

A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk December 18, 2014.

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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday

A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region, December 12, 2014. According to Russian media, over 50 trucks arrived in Donetsk while another 80 trucks arrived in Luhansk

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A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday

A man stands next to his house destroyed overnight by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-russian fighters, on December 9, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 9 a ceasefire along the front line in the east of his country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a "day of silence" in the war with pro-Russian separatists.

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A man stands next to his house, which was destroyed on Monday night by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-Russian fighters.

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 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 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 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

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