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FILE PHOTO: A man removes debris in front of his house, which was damaged by a recent shelling, in the government-held town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appointed Kurt Volker, the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, to serve as a special representative to Ukraine, according to a pooled media report citing State Department official R.C. Hammond.

"Volker will coordinate all State Department efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict created when Russia invaded Crimea and later eastern Ukraine," according to the report citing Hammond, a senior adviser to Tillerson.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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