Ukraine

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

Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on deep into a second day Thursday,

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Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on into a second day

A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

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A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

A woman reacts as the residential block (back) in which she lives in burns, a result of recent shelling according to locals, on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A woman reacts as the residential block she lives in burns on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as a result of shelling, according to locals

An elderly woman holds her head after collecting supplies of humanitarian aid in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Holland are set to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday, one day after discussing peace proposals for Ukraine's conflict with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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An elderly woman collects humanitarian aid in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Fran├žois Hollande are to hold peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday 

A girl kisses her father, a conscript, after a ceremony marking enrolment for new conscripts in the Ukrainian army in Kiev

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A girl kisses her father, a conscript, after a ceremony marking enrolment for new conscripts in the Ukrainian army in Kiev. Ukraine’s parliament voted January 15 to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east.

Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday's shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday Jan. 26, 2015. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September.

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Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday’s shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September

Bus stop grenade kills nine civilians in eastern Ukraine ...epa04575271 Local people inspect the place of the explosion near of a bus stop in downtown of Donetsk, Ukraine, 22 January 2015. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early 22 January when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian separatists said.  EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

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Local people inspect the site of an explosion near a bus stop in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. At least nine people were killed and nine injured early on Thursday, pro-Russian separatists said. 

Ukrainian servicemen are seen near a billboard with social advertising in central Kiev, January 15, 2015. Ukraine's parliament voted on Thursday to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east.

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Ukrainian servicemen are seen near a billboard with social advertising in central Kiev. Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east

Ukrainians fish in the frozen river Dnipro in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Kiev's temperature on Wednesday dropped to 7 C (44 F). (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Ukrainians fish in the frozen river Dnipro in Kiev, Ukraine

A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk December 18, 2014.

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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday

A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region, December 12, 2014. According to Russian media, over 50 trucks arrived in Donetsk while another 80 trucks arrived in Luhansk

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A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday

A man stands next to his house destroyed overnight by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-russian fighters, on December 9, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 9 a ceasefire along the front line in the east of his country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a "day of silence" in the war with pro-Russian separatists.

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A man stands next to his house, which was destroyed on Monday night by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-Russian fighters.

Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on December 1, 2014. Official statistics shows the country needs a million tonnes of anthracite coal per month to feed its power stations. By November 24, only 1.8 million tonnes were left in the reserves. Russia announced it was stopping coal supplies to Ukraine last week, claiming "force majeure" but offering no explanation.

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Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday