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Ukraine Crisis

Slaviansk's Fall - 09 Jul 2014
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Allies compare him to the general who forced Napoleon's armies out of Russia and support him in his role as the pro-Moscow separatists' defence chief in eastern Ukraine, but for some rebel leaders Igor Girkin's orders carry little authority. The decision by Girkin, better known by his nom de guerre Strelkov, to abandon the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk at the weekend gave Kiev its biggest military victory yet in its three-month campaign against the separatists.
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Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure...
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Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk
Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Ukrainian military helicopters fly near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military...
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Ukrainian military helicopters fly near Slaviansk
Ukrainian military helicopters fly near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Local residents walk past Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's...
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Local residents walk past Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk
Local residents walk past Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Local residents stand near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014....
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Local residents stand near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk
Local residents stand near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
A Ukrainian military aircraft flies as flares are set off near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government...
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A Ukrainian military aircraft flies as flares are set off near Slaviansk
A Ukrainian military aircraft flies as flares are set off near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 07, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside...
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A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside...
A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 7, 2014. Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing their bastion in the town of Slaviansk in the worst defeat of their three-month uprising. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 07, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside...
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A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside...
A Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed military vehicle of pro-Russian separatists just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 7, 2014. Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing their bastion in the town of Slaviansk in the worst defeat of their three-month uprising. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 07, 2014
Ammunition and mines lie near a destroyed vehicle just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk...
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Ammunition and mines lie near a destroyed vehicle just outside Slaviansk
Ammunition and mines lie near a destroyed vehicle just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 7, 2014. Ukraine's richest man pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb Donetsk, a city of a million people where hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russian rebels have vowed to make a stand after losing control of their bastion in the town of Slaviansk. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 08, 2014
Ukrainian servicemen carry weapons, seized from pro-Russian separatists, near Slaviansk July 8, 2014....
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Ukrainian servicemen carry weapons, seized from pro-Russian separatists, near Slaviansk
Ukrainian servicemen carry weapons, seized from pro-Russian separatists, near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office...
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People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Lenin near the mayor's office in Slaviansk...
People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office in Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY FOOD)
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People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office...
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People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Lenin near the mayor's office in Slaviansk...
People wait for food aid in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office in Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Local residents pass Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's...
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Local residents pass Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk
Local residents pass Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Ukrainian soldier stands near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure...
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Ukrainian soldier stands near Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldier stands near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Ukrainian soldier sits in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office in...
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Ukrainian soldier sits in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office in...
Ukrainian soldier sits in front a monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin near the mayor's office in Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Local residents chat near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's...
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Local residents chat near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk
Local residents chat near Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure...
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Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk
Ukrainian troops are seen near Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 08, 2014
Ukrainian troops are seen in Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against...
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Ukrainian troops are seen in Slaviansk
Ukrainian troops are seen in Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (front) meets with Ukrainian servicemen near the town of Slaviansk,...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets with Ukrainian servicemen near the town of Slaviansk
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (front) meets with Ukrainian servicemen near the town of Slaviansk, July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion of Slaviansk at the weekend, named a new chief of military operations in the east following his appointment of an aggressive new defence minister who again demanded the separatists lay down their arms. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) addresses members of the Ukrainian special task police squadron...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses members of the Ukrainian special task police squadron...
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) addresses members of the Ukrainian special task police squadron in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 8, 2014. Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise", while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion of Slaviansk at the weekend, named a new chief of military operations in the east following his appointment of an aggressive new defence minister who again demanded the separatists lay down their arms. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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July 06, 2014
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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July 06, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize...
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Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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July 07, 2014
Ukrainian troops stand near destroyed military vehicles just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Ukrainian troops stand near destroyed military vehicles just outside Slaviansk
Ukrainian troops stand near destroyed military vehicles just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 07, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier looks at debris near a destroyed vehicle on a road just outside the eastern Ukrainian...
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A Ukrainian soldier looks at debris near a destroyed vehicle on a road just outside Slaviansk
A Ukrainian soldier looks at debris near a destroyed vehicle on a road just outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk July 6, 2014....
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National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk
National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk July 6, 2014....
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National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk
National Guard soldiers check a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
A National Guard soldier inspects weapons captured from rebels in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb...
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A National Guard soldier inspects weapons captured from rebels in Slaviansk
A National Guard soldier inspects weapons captured from rebels in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
The basement of a Security Service building, used by pro-Russian separatist as a detention place to keep...
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The basement of a Security Service building, used by pro-Russian separatist as a detention place to keep...
The basement of a Security Service building, used by pro-Russian separatist as a detention place to keep hostages is seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
National Guard soldier checks a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk Jule 6, 2014....
Slaviansk, Ukraine
National Guard soldier checks a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk
National Guard soldier checks a house where there were pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk Jule 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
People receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
People receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk
People receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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July 06, 2014
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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July 06, 2014
Bread and a machine gun are seen as people receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk Jule...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Bread and a machine gun are seen as people receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk
Bread and a machine gun are seen as people receive food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk Jule 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Slaviansk, Ukraine
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk
People wait for food aid from Ukrainian soldiers in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 06, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers set up a barbed wire fence at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk July 6,...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers set up a barbed wire fence at a temporary base near Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldiers set up a barbed wire fence at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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July 05, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Maria...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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July 04, 2014
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near a Ukrainian flag at a checkpoint near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine...
Slaviansk, Ukraine
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near a Ukrainian flag at a checkpoint near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine...
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near a Ukrainian flag at a checkpoint near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko/Pool
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