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Illustration on political economic corruption in Ukraine by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine despite a September cease-fire agreement forged with Russia. (Associated Press)

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During his speech at the annual United Nations General Assembly, President Obama urged unity in addressing global crises, including the Islamic State, Ukraine and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Associated Press)

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The village of Novosvitlivka in eastern Ukraine, where this Orthodox icon is located, which was severely damaged during fighting. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Illustration on Russia's incursion into Ukraine by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

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Illustration on Russia's incursion into Ukraine by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pauses as he attends a news conference in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Poroshenko made a surprise trip Monday to a key city in southeastern Ukraine as a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops appeared to be largely holding. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) prior to a summit to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. "Putin's real plan is the destruction of Ukraine and the re-establishment of the USSR," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said. (Kazakh Presidential Press Service via Associated Press)

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alliance: U.S. President Barack Obama and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, where they and other world leaders discussed Russian aggression. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama leaves the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, after speaking about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** A pro-Russian soldier is back dropped by Russia flag while manning a machine-gun outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

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Local residents sit in a basement which is being used as a shelter after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

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** FILE ** Mark Paslawsky died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 while fighting with Ukraine's volunteer force in Donbas. (YouTube, Vice News)

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** FILE ** In this July 17, 2014, file photo, people walk amongst the debris, at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a recording of nationwide TV address at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow early Monday, July 21, 2014. Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives," the Kremlin said Monday. In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin again lashed out at Ukraine for ongoing violence with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during an appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The president said one American was killed on the plane over Ukraine, and the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)