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Ukrainian soldier carries an unexploded shell during demining works in a field near the Novoazovsk district in the vicinity of the eastern city of Mariupol on October 23, 2014. As war-weary Ukraine prepares to vote in a snap parliamentary election on October 26, its former master Russia stands by for once apparently unable to influence the outcome. Of the 29 parties running for seats in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada, the country's parliament, none formally represent the ousted regime of Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych and most support closer ties with the West.

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A Ukrainian soldier carries an unexploded shell during demining works in a field near the Novoazovsk district in the vicinity of the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine on Thursday.

An Afghan National Army soldger who survived a road side bomb explosion, walks by the site of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in the attack in the capital.

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An Afghan National Army soldier who survived a road side bomb explosion walks past the site of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in the attack.

Soldiers demonstrate breaking boards at an event in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in Gyeryong City, South Chungcheong Province, on Sept. 29, 2014, ahead of the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the country's military, which falls on Oct. 1.

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Soldiers demonstrate breaking boards at an event in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in Gyeryong City, South Chungcheong Province, on Monday, ahead of the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the country’s military, which falls on Oct. 1.

A Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, September 23, 2014.

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A Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve

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

A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)...A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA's Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong on August 29, 2014.  Hong Kong residents expressed alarm on August 29 after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what democracy activists condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong

A Ukrainian soldier rests at his temporary camp, close to a checkpoint near Eastern Ukrainian village Nikishino, some 20 kms from village Grabovo, close to the village where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, in Ukraine, 01 August 2014. A group of international experts managed to reach the Malaysia Airlines plane believed to have been shot down on 17 July by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, just as the European Union turned up the heat on Moscow with unprecedented economic sanctions.

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A Ukrainian soldier rests at his temporary camp, close to a checkpoint near Eastern Ukrainian village Nikishino, some 20 kms from village Grabovo, close to the village where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, in Ukraine on Friday

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.

South Korean soldiers take position during a search and arrest operation as troops standoff with a conscript soldier in Goseong

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South Korean soldiers take position during a search and arrest operation for a conscript soldier who shot and killed five comrades in Goseong on Monday

An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini's shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on June 4, 2014 on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. Thousands of people gathered to hear speeches to mark the event. Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is still revered by many Iranians, and his portrait hangs throughout the country.

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An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini’s shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on Wednesday on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran

A female North Korean soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong.

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A soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry box on the banks of the Yalu River, near the town of Sinuiju, North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong...A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 1, 2014. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (NORTH KOREA -

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A soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, which neighbours the Chinese border city of Dandong 

Libyan soldiers take positions during a training exercise directed by the Italian Army's 80th Infantry Regiment of Cassino, in Persano

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Libyan soldiers take part in a training exercise directed by the Italian Army’s 80th Infantry Regiment of Cassino, in Persano, near Salerno in southern Italy.

Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of Chinese soldiers during the handing over ceremony of the remains at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon

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Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of Chinese soldiers during the handing over ceremony of the remains at the Incheon International Airport on Friday. The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War were transferred from a temporary columbarium in South Korea to the airport on Thursday to be returned to China.

 Unrest in South Sudan

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Malakal, Upper Nile State 650 km from Juba, is under the controlled of rebels and defected SPLA soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar in South Sudan

Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier looks out from the windshield of an armoured car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. The Afghan Taliban killed 21 soldiers in the assault on Sunday in the remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants' most deadly assault on the security forces in months. The government sent reinforcements to the area where the pre-dawn attack took place, Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said in a statement. At bottom is a picture of Afghanistan s President Hamid Karzai.

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An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from an armoured car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province on Monday. The Afghan Taliban killed 21 soldiers in the assault on Sunday in the remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants’ most deadly assault on the security forces in months.

A troop of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participates with the US Marine Corps of  Expeditionary Fire Support System during the US -JAPAN military exercise Iron Fist 2014  outside the USMC base in Pendleton, California on February 06, 2014.

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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California

Soldiers patrol on December 5, 2013 in a street of Bangui

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Soldiers patrol the streets of Bangui as shots ring out and blasts from heavy weapons rock several districts of the Central African Republic capital on Thursday morning amid communal tensions ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the country’s descent into chaos.

Soliders From Army's 3rd Brigade Return Home From Afghanistan To Fort Knox...FORT KNOX, KY - NOVEMBER 20: Spc. Michael Fashion of the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks, 5, following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province.

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SPC Michael Fashion of the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks after a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox early on Wednesday morning. 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan