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Prophesy, or pie-in-the-sky? A dolphin called 'Peace' born in troubled eastern Ukraine city

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    The new-born dolphin called Mir (Peace), top, swims with his mother named Beauty, during a dolphin performance in Nemo dolphinarium in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Dolphin called Mir (Peace) was born in a dolphinarium on the eve of of Labor Day in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. There is hope that the name will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region’s future: Peace. Only a few customers attended a dolphin performance Tuesday afternoon, a turnout that company representatives said might have been down to tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)The Associated Press

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    The new-born dolphin called Mir (Peace) swims with his mother Beauty and father Phil, during a dolphin performance in Nemo dolphinarium in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Dolphin called Mir (Peace) was born in a dolphinarium on the eve of of Labor Day in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. There is hope that the name will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region’s future: Peace. Only a few customers attended a dolphin performance Tuesday afternoon, a turnout that company representatives said might have been down to tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)The Associated Press

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    The new-born dolphin called Mir (Peace) swims with his mother named Beauty, during a dolphin performance in Nemo dolphinarium in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Dolphin called Mir (Peace) was born in a dolphinarium on the eve of of Labor Day in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. There is hope that the name will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region’s future: Peace. Only a few customers attended a dolphin performance Tuesday afternoon, a turnout that company representatives said might have been down to tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)The Associated Press

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    The new-born dolphin called Mir (Peace) swims with his mother named Beauty during a dolphin performance in Nemo dolphinarium in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Dolphin called Mir (Peace) was born in a dolphinarium on the eve of Labor Day in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. There is hope that the name will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region’s future: Peace. Only a few customers attended a dolphin performance Tuesday afternoon, a turnout that company representatives said might have been down to tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)The Associated Press

A dolphin tank in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has added a new performer, one whose name it hopes will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region's future: Peace.

Trainer Olga Nenko of the Nemo dolphinarium said the baby dolphin was born on the eve of May Day, which first inspired the idea of naming him in honor of the Soviet slogan, "Peace. Work. May."

Nenko said current travails in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have for weeks been seizing buildings, gave additional poignancy to the newborn dolphin's name — "Mir" in both Russian and Ukrainian.

Only a few customers attended Nemo's dolphin performance Tuesday afternoon, a turnout that company representatives said might have been down to tensions in the city.