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Pro-Russian supporters demonstrate in front of Ukrainian policemen guarding the entrance of a state city building in Mariupol on May 7, 2014.

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Pro-Russian supporters demonstrate in front of Ukrainian police officers guarding the entrance of a state city building in Mariupol, Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers stay near of a checkpoint seized by them not far of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Sloviansk early on 02 May. The Ukraininan Defence Ministry said that two crew members were killed and an unspecified number of soldiers were injured after separatists shot down two Mi-24 assault helicopters with surface-to-air missiles. A third, Mi-8 transport helicopter, was hit by bullets but escaped unharmed, the ministry said. 'Putin has called such an operation a criminal action. Sadly the latest developments fully support that,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, and has practically destroyed the last hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

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Ukrainian soldiers near the checkpoint they seized outside Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in Slavyansk.

A young activist wraps himself in a Soviet-era communist flag as pro-Russian activists from the so called "Eastern Front" movement take part in a rally in front of the Lenin monument in the center of the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk

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A young activist wraps himself in a Soviet-era communist flag as pro-Russian activists from the so called “Eastern Front” movement take part in a rally in front of the Lenin monument in the centre of the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk