Ukraine

Workers are seen at a coke plant in the town of Avdiyivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Situated close to the 'contact line' between Ukrainian government forces and well-armed rebels, the Avdiyivka Coking Plant outside the rebel-held regional capital, Donetsk, has been hit by about 230 rocket and artillery attacks since hostilities erupted over a year ago. The Avdiyivka plant, owned by industrial tycoon Rinat Akhmetov's Metinvest group, is one of Europe's biggest coking plants and provides the fuel for the steelmaking industry, itself a vital branch of Ukraine's economy

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Workers are seen at a coke plant in the town of Avdiyivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Situated close to the ‘contact line’ between Ukrainian government forces and well-armed rebels, the plant has been hit multiple times by rockets from both sides

A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 15, 2015

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A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Monday

A man rides a horse cart, as smoke from a fuel depot fire billows in the background, in Vasylkiv...A man rides a horse cart, as smoke from a fuel depot fire billows in the background, in Vasylkiv, Kiev region, Ukraine, June 9, 2015. Emergency services are battling to prevent the spread of a deadly fuel depot fire outside Kiev, the head of the emergency services said on Tuesday, and three firemen were reported missing after the blaze triggered a powerful explosion. The fire burned overnight and by morning had spread to at least 16 tanks, most of them storing petrol, sending a huge pall of smoke over the area surrounding the depot near Vasylkiv, 30 km (19 miles) from Kiev. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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A man rides a horse cart, as smoke from a fuel depot fire billows in the background, in Vasylkiv, Kiev region, Ukraine. Emergency services are battling to prevent the spread of a deadly fuel depot fire outside Kiev, the head of the emergency services said on Tuesday, and three firemen were reported missing after the blaze triggered a powerful explosion 

A worker installing a wreath of poppies as a red peak and ribbon on top of the 102-meter Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, May 8, 2015, to mark the anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in WWII. Ukraine is for the first time this year marking two holidays for the WWII victory anniversary, with a day of remembrance on May 8 and Victory Day on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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A worker installing a wreath of poppies as a red peak and ribbon on top of the 102-metre Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine, to mark the anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in the second world war. 

Ukrainian servicemen take part in a military drill in the Zhytomyr region, some 150 kms from Kiev

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Ukrainian servicemen take part in a military drill in the Zhytomyr region, 150 km from Kiev 

Ukraine's voluntary militia, called the Azov Battalion, undergoes artillery training.

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Ukraine’s voluntary militia, called the Azov Battalion, undergoes artillery training.

A priest sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev...A priest sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev, March 17, 2015. Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed rebels, a Kiev military spokesman said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION)

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A priest in central Kiev sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed rebels, a Kiev military spokesman said on Tuesday. 

People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015.

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A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday

A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.

Ukrainian serviceman walks in front  of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train at the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on March 6, 2015. Kiev announced on March 5 it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal spelt out in the deal struck in Minsk.

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks in front of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on Friday. Kiev announced on Thursday it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal agreed in a deal struck in Minsk.

Nadezhda Savchenko...Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, center, reacts as she listens to the court's decision in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks as concerns rise about her health. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, centre, reacts as she listens to the court’s decision in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks as concerns rise about her health. 

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk...Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk March 4, 2015. A blast at the coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people, a local official said on Wednesday, with dozens more miners who were underground at the time unaccounted for.

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Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk on Wednesday. A blast at the coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people

A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152 mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire.

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A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine

Pro-Russia militants sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as convoy of 2S1 Gvozdikas (122-mm self-propelled howitzers) takes a break as they move from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk regio

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Pro-Russia rebels sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as a convoy of 2S1 Gvozdikas (122-mm self-propelled howitzers) takes a break near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk region

A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, is seen in a bus as he prepares to return home, in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2015. Pro-Russia separatists said on Tuesday they began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine under a ceasefire deal, but the Ukrainian military, which says it won't pull back until fighting stops, reported further shelling.

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A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, returns home by bus to Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces smokes as he sits at a military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 23, 2015. Ukraine's military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented.

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A member of the Ukrainian armed forces smokes as he sits at a military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented

A Russia-backed rebel holds a heavy machine-gun in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.

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A Russia-backed rebel holds a heavy machine-gun in Debaltseve, Ukraine on Friday. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town

A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.

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A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town

Ukrainian servicemen ride on a tank as they leave area around Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine near Artemivsk February 18, 2015. Weary Ukrainian troops, some in columns, some in cars, began arriving on Wednesday from the besieged town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, a Reuters witness said.

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Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday