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Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk...Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

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Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. Read more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to explanations and looks at an exhibit as he visits the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2014.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.

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.

Guy Deveau of Canada finishes a sand sculpture named "Soviet Union" at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world's first sand museum, features the theme "Russia" this year as mark to hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Game in Sochi. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol...People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine.

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.

Ukrainian border guards prepare for a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine, Friday, March 21, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.

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Ukrainian border guards prepare for a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.

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!

A man holds a Crimean flag as h...TOPSHOTS A man holds a Crimean flag as he secures the Crimean parliament building in central Simferopol on March 17, 2014. Crimea declared independence today and applied to join Russia while the Kremlin braced for sanctions after the flashpoint peninsula voted to leave Ukraine in a ballot that has fanned the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War.  AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

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A couple dances in front of the Crimean parliament building in central Simferopol after Crimea voted to leave Ukraine in a ballot that has fanned the worst east-west tensions since the Cold War. Read more

A woman walks amidst chains as she views an art installation near the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, March 14, 2014.

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A woman walks through an art installation near the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, on Friday