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Ukrainian government soldiers sit on an armored vehicle as they take up a position in a sunflower field around 12 miles south of Donetsk on Wednesday. Ukrainian tanks massed in the area as well. A column of vehicles stretching a mile arrived on Wednesday without facing any resistance, Ukrainian soldiers said, as part of a campaign to surround Donetsk and the neighboring city of Lugansk, also controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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