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After Eastern Ukrainian Steel Magnate Flexes Muscle, Barricades Fall

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After Eastern Ukrainian Steel Magnate Flexes Muscle, Barricades Fall

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After Eastern Ukrainian Steel Magnate Flexes Muscle, Barricades Fall

After Eastern Ukrainian Steel Magnate Flexes Muscle, Barricades Fall

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Barricades in the eastern Ukrainian town of Mariupol have been dismantled, following a deal between separatist leaders, police and steelworkers from the city's biggest steel mill. The deal came after steel mill owner, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, issued a statement saying the region's economic future depended on staying united with Ukraine.