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A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion "Azov", after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev...A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion "Azov", after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev September 15, 2014.

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A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion “Azov”, after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev on Monday

A Ukrainian serviceman is seen in a military camp in Volnovaha town, some 60 km from Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 September 2014. New EU sanctions against Russia are to come into effect on 12 September, but will be reviewed in light of progress following a ceasefire deal in eastern Ukraine, the EU said on 11 September. The agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus on 05 September between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists includes a ceasefire, a special political status for separatist-controlled areas and a prisoner exchange. The ceasefire was largely holding, although the government in Kiev again accused the separatists of violations.

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A Ukrainian serviceman is seen in a military camp in Volnovaha town, some 60 km from Donetsk, Ukraine. New EU sanctions against Russia are to come into effect on Friday

Children talk with each other at the "Zharki" health resort where people who have fled the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine live, outside the village of Rybnoye...Children talk with each other at the "Zharki" health resort where people who have fled the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine live, outside the village of Rybnoye, east of Krasnoyarsk, September 4, 2014. About 370 Ukrainian refugees will stay at this temporary camp while being processed by the Russian authorities, local media reported.

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Children talk with each other at the ‘Zharki’ health resort, east of Krasnoyarsk in Russia. Many Ukrainian people have fled to Russia to avoid the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine

Women sit on a street in front of their house in Donetsk September 3, 2014. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he hoped a peace process for the troubled eastern region of his country to begin on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk and urged politicians to support the talks.

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Women sit on a street in front of their house in Donetsk. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he hoped a peace process for the troubled eastern region of his country to begin on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk and urged politicians to support the talks

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, September 2, 2014.

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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Residents launch paper boats during celebrations for the 69th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 2, 2014. The holiday, marking the victory over Japan in World War II, is a Russian national memorial day, established by then President Dmitry Medvedev and approved by the Russian State Duma and the Federation Council on July 23, 2010.

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Residents launch paper boats in the far eastern city of Vladivostok in Russia on Tuesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

Workers prepare the launching ceremony o...Workers prepare the launching ceremony of the Russian diesel-electric attack submarine Stary Oskol on Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg on August 28, 2014. Submarine "Stary Oskol" Project 636 is the third in the series, built to deliver the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Stary Oskol belongs to the Improved Kilo by NATO classification.

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Workers prepare the launch of the Russian diesel-electric attack submarine Stary Oskol at Admiralty shipyard, St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stands nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stands nearby, in Minsk

Refugees camp in Rostov region in Russia...epaselect epa04359008 Ukrainian refugees sit inside a tent at a refugee camp about 10 km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint in Rostov region, Russia, 18 August 2014. The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk on 18 August.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Ukrainian refugees sit inside a tent at a refugee camp about 10 km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint in Rostov region. The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk on Monday. Read more

 Ukrainian soldiers on an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city Kramatorsk, Ukraine, 14 August 2014. Ukraine said that any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country's embattled east. The Ukrainian government fears the Russians could be supplying arms to separatists, under the guise of supplying 2,000 tons of food and medicine to civilians in the rebel-held areas.

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Ukrainian soldiers on an armoured personnel carrier in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine says any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country’s embattled east