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July 23rd, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Long journey home for MH17 victims

(CNN) – In many of their hearts were dreams of beaches, tranquil vacations. Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were 298 lives, taken in Ukraine, in a war they may have known little of.

After days of painful pleading with separatists, a train of five refrigerated wagons brought them closer to a resting place.

But behind closed walls, began the grim task of working out how many human souls were in the body bags on board.

A journey that began so unceremoniously, and could only grow in dignity.
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June 9th, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Return to Aleppo: 'We are in hell'

Editor's note: CNN's Nick Paton Walsh returned to the Syrian city of Aleppo recently where he saw severe devastation wrought by the ongoing civil war.

Aleppo, Syria (CNN) - The smell of burnt plastic leaps out at you. Acrid in the throat, omnipresent, extinguishing from the air all the other smells of city life - because really there is none. The scenes of destruction - the fact every street is pockmarked by two years of shelling - you have seen in activist videos online. But the smell is something striking: it notifies you that you are on the edge of humanity.

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May 27th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

Ukraine: Fierce fighting closes Donetsk airport, claims dozens of lives

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) – A battle between pro-Russia separatists and government forces at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has claimed 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what is the deadliest outbreak of violence yet in the flashpoint city.

An additional 31 people have been injured, including four civilians, according to the website of the Donetsk mayor, Alexander Lukyanchenko. Two of the fatalities are civilians.

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May 6th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Russia questions Ukraine holding an election while its troops are deployed

Slovyansk, Ukraine (CNN) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday ruled out holding a second international meeting in a bid to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, also saying it would be "unusual" to hold a presidential election in the country when the army was being deployed against the population.

In what could be a sign of Moscow preparing to question the legitimacy of the May 25 presidential election if it is unhappy with the process, Lavrov said, "In the situation where they use the army against their own population, it's quite unusual."

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May 5th, 2014
04:36 PM ET

Heavy clashes reported as Ukrainian forces tackle pro-Russian separatists

(CNN) - Ukrainian security forces battled pro-Russian militants in the eastern flashpoint city of Slovyansk on Monday as Kiev tackled the gunmen who have overrun the region.

Military gains were evident on the main highway into Slovyansk, a rebel stronghold, as government forces moved in.

A CNN team on the ground saw a substantial number of militants bolster their defensive positions and checkpoints inside the city. One civilian car was hit in the fighting, its exterior damaged by bullet holes.

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