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Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone....more

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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Military vehicles drive along a road at the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 24, 2015. Picture taken May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Military vehicles drive along a road at the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 24, 2015. Picture taken May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Military vehicles drive along a road at the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 24, 2015. Picture taken May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Men look at tanks on cars shortly after the arrival of the freight train at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Men look at tanks on cars shortly after the arrival of the freight train at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Men look at tanks on cars shortly after the arrival of the freight train at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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Tanks drive in a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Tanks drive in a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Tanks drive in a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Vehicles are parked outside a camp at the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 23, 2015. Picture taken May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Vehicles are parked outside a camp at the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 23, 2015. Picture taken May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Vehicles are parked outside a camp at the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 23, 2015. Picture taken May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria...more

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station, with people walking in the foreground, in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station, with people walking in the foreground, in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015....more

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station, with people walking in the foreground, in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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A tank drives along a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. The convoy of nine tanks, which were delivered by train the day before, drove along streets of the town on Tuesday, according to a Reuters journalist. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

A tank drives along a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. The convoy of nine tanks, which were delivered by train the day before, drove along streets of the...more

A tank drives along a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. The convoy of nine tanks, which were delivered by train the day before, drove along streets of the town on Tuesday, according to a Reuters journalist. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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A picture shows a military convoy on the road side of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

A picture shows a military convoy on the road side of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

A picture shows a military convoy on the road side of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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