Ukraine

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 engine from a Grad missile system found after shelling, stands near a damaged shop not far from Donetsk airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

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An engine from a Grad missile system found after shelling, stands near a damaged shop not far from Donetsk airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Models wait backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev

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Models wait backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev

A woman pulls her shopping trolley as she walks past a building that was damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 15, 2014.

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A woman passes a building damaged by shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Ultra right party supporters rally near Ukrainian parliament in Kiev...epa04446045 Ukrainian ultra-right party supporters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliament during protests demanding the government recognizes Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers as fighters of independence, in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 October 2014. The protest took part on the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).  EPA/MAXIM MARUSENKO

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Ukrainian ultra-right party supporters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliament during protests demanding the government recognises Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers as fighters of independence, in Kiev, Ukraine. The protest took part on the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). 

Ukrainian servicemen rest in a camp on position near Donetsk on October 13, 2014.  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko nominated National Guard part-volunteer forces chief Stepan Poltorak as the war-torn former Soviet country's fourth defence minister of the year. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII BOIKOANATOLII BOIKO/AFP/Getty Images

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Ukrainian servicemen rest in a camp near Donetsk. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko nominated National Guard part-volunteer forces chief Stepan Poltorak as the war-torn former Soviet country’s fourth defence minister of the year. 

A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk...A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 9, 2014.

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A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

A woman and a child pass graffiti bearing a message against the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine, in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, October 8, 2014. The graffiti reads, "No to war in Ukraine".

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A mother and child pass graffiti in Russia’s far-eastern city of Vladivostok that bears a message against the conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The graffiti reads: “No to war in Ukraine”.

Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country's near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis. Moscow in early August imposed a one-year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and Norway.

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Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country’s near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis

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