Ukraine

Servicemen of the Kiev-1,Ukrainian volunteers battalion, take part in training exercises in Kiev on August 28, 2015. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on August 27, 2015 reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east. Government spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said seven Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 13 injured in fighting that centred mostly around the pro-Russian republic of Donetsk

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Servicemen of the Kiev-1,Ukrainian volunteers battalion, take part in training exercises in Kiev on Friday

A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, 24 August 2015, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day. Ukrainians marked the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991

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A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine, on Monday, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day

A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

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A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen with their faces darkened with camouflage paint take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

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Ukrainian servicemen, their faces darkened with camouflage paint, take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

Ukrainians stand near the Friendship of Nations monument in downtown Kiev

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A Ukrainian mother and child stand atop the Friendship of Nations monument in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday

Russian navy battle ships station in the bay during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, July 24, 2015. The Russian Navy Day is celebrated the last Sunday of July.

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Russian navy battle ships station in the bay during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea on Friday

Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country's east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

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Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country’s east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev on Wednesday

Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 17, 2015. The rebel-held east Ukrainian village where a Malaysian airliner was shot down honored the 298 victims at a simple ceremony on Friday as calls grew for an international tribunal to prosecute those who brought it down. After a church service in the village of Hrabove, residents joined a procession across an open field to a gravestone placed near the charred area where twisted metal and body parts came crashing down on July 17 last year.

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Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine on Friday

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.