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Ukraine's winter war heats up

A woman cleans up debris near her house damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A woman cleans up debris near her house damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A woman cleans up debris near her house damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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People clean their balcony at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People clean their balcony at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People clean their balcony at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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A house which was damaged by recent shelling is seen in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A house which was damaged by recent shelling is seen in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A house which was damaged by recent shelling is seen in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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A woman watches a residential block damaged by recent shelling through a broken window in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A woman watches a residential block damaged by recent shelling through a broken window in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A woman watches a residential block damaged by recent shelling through a broken window in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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A man removes debris at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A man removes debris at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A man removes debris at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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Russian and Ukrainian military officers work at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Russian and Ukrainian military officers work at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Russian and Ukrainian military officers work at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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Russian military officers serving at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) march in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017.  REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Russian military officers serving at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) march in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Russian military officers serving at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) march in the town of Soledar, Ukraine December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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A man inspects his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A man inspects his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A man inspects his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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People gather near a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People gather near a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People gather near a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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A woman reacts near her house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A woman reacts near her house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A woman reacts near her house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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The remains of a rocket shell are seen after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

The remains of a rocket shell are seen after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

The remains of a rocket shell are seen after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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People walk next to a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People walk next to a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People walk next to a residential block damaged by recent shelling in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian servicemen patrol area after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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A man reacts as he removes debris in front of his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A man reacts as he removes debris in front of his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A man reacts as he removes debris in front of his house, which was damaged by recent shelling, in the government-held village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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Ukrainian serviceman fires a machine-gun at his position on the front line at the industrial zone of the government-held town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, December 13, 2017.  REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian serviceman fires a machine-gun at his position on the front line at the industrial zone of the government-held town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Ukrainian serviceman fires a machine-gun at his position on the front line at the industrial zone of the government-held town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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