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Russian servicemen perform during a naval parade rehearsal in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. Russia will mark Navy Day on July 27.

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Russian servicemen perform during a naval parade rehearsal in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. Russia will mark Navy Day on July 27.

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of wagons containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21, 2014. The head of a Dutch forensic team said on Monday a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian airliner crash, should set off later on Monday to a place where "we can do our work". AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of wagons containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on Monday. The head of a Dutch forensic team said on Monday a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian airliner crash, should set off later on Monday to a place where “we can do our work” Read more

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

A Pro-Russian militant kisses members of his family who leave for Russia

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A Pro-Russian militant kisses members of his family who leave for Russia on in Donetsk. EU leaders meet on Wednesday to decide on new sanctions against Russia and pro-Moscow separatists in east Ukraine as Kiev raises fears of an imminent invasion by thousands of Russian troops.

Rescue workers remove debris at a collapsed apartment after an airstrike  in Snizhne, 100 kms east from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 15, 2014. An airstrike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least nine civilians, rescue workers said. The attack adds to the steadily growing number of civilians killed over four months in a dogged pro-Russian insurgency. Government officials denied the Tuesday strike was carried out by Ukraine's air force.

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Rescue workers remove debris at a collapsed apartment after an air strike in Snizhne, 100 km east from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. An air strike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least nine civilians.

Residents of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine sit on a bus destined for Rostov-on-Don in Russia

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Residents of eastern Ukraine look out of the window of a bus destined for Rostov-on-Don in Russia from a collection point in Donetsk, on Monday

A boy plays with a ball at a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in Rostov region near the Russian-Ukrainian border, southern Russia, July 9, 2014.

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A boy plays with a ball at a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in Rostov near the Russian-Ukrainian border, southern Russia

Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolni...Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy on June 30, 2014 in Saint-Nazaire, western France. 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok warship is one of the two navy ships ordered to France by the Russian army:  AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARDJEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy in Saint-Nazaire, western France. About 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class vessel being built at the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok is one of two ships ordered from France by Russia’s navy. Read more

People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on June 19, 2014. Ukraine's new Western-backed president announced plans on JUne 18 to order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east that could help end a bloody pro-Russian insurgency and avert his ex-Soviet country's breakup.

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People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on Thursday

Viktor hold his granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave Slaviansk...Viktor, 68, hold his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slaviansk June 17, 2014. Residents flee Slaviansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold, what faced with ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier with Russia to pave the way for a truce and peace talks after weeks of fighting with pro-Russian separatists. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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Viktor, 68, and his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk. Residents are fleeing Slavyansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold that faces ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in the insurgency-torn eastern regions of Ukraine, in a sign that dialogue is continuing in spite of worsening violence in the conflict.