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  • Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, right, is welcomed by his supporters during a rally  in Kruvuy Rig, Ukraine, Saturday, May 17, 2014. A Presidential vote in Ukraine is scheduled for May 25. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)

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  • ** FILE ** In this April 29, 2014, file photo, Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File)

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  • Pro-Russian gunmen guard the central square of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border that has become the focus of the armed insurgency. Two helicopter crew members were killed in the crashes, both sides said, and the insurgents reported one member killed. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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  • Andriy Poklonov, 35, his daughter Sofia, 8, and wife Evhenia, 35, pose for a photo in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2011. Despite the danger of war with Russia, the fear of losing more of their territory and tough economic times ahead, many Ukrainians in the center and west of the country are convinced that their country is moving in the right direction toward becoming a law-abiding European nation. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)

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  • A man warms himself at a fire next to barricades in front of an entrance of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, in Luhansk, Ukraine, late Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov described the unrest as "Russian aggression" and said Ukraine's security officials would be gathering for an extraordinary meeting late Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Igor Golovniov)

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  • Armed pro-Russian activist stands at a makeshift checkpoint at the entrance into the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow protesters have seized a number of government buildings in the east over the past week, undermining the authority of the interim government in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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  • ** FILE ** This Feb. 28, 2014, file-pool photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin during his working meetings at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti Presidential Press Service, Alexei Nikolsky, File-Pool)

    Putin threatens to make Ukraine pay ahead for gas

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  • President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a lukewarm greeting during the Group of 20 summit last year in Mexico. U.S. intelligence community sources say they have been keeping a close eye on the Russian government's attempt to retain power over the former Soviet states, including Ukraine. (Associated Press)

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  • Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

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  • FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Feb.  20, 2014, Olesya Zhukovska, left, is helped after being shot in her neck by a sniper bullet, in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine.  "I am dying", Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she got shot in the neck by a sniper's bullet as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. Authorities in Ukraine said on Thursday that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Sherbakov, File)

    Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2009 file photo, Ukrainian business tycoon Dmytro Firtash speaks in his office in Kiev, Ukraine. Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of Russian natural gas to Ukraine allegedly spearheaded an international conspiracy to pay at least $18 million in bribes to mine titanium in India and sell it to a Chicago-based company, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by U.S. prosecutors in Chicago. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

    US details charges against Ukrainian oligarch

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  • Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reacts during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Yanukovych says the annexation of Crimea was a tragedy and he would have done everything possible to prevent it, had he remained in power. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Viktor Yanukovych admits he was 'wrong' to have invited Russian troops to Crimea

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