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Troops under Russian command fire weapons into the air and shout orders to turn back at an approaching group of more than 100 unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occupying, in Crimea, Ukraine
Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers Read more
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Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, and defence minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District, Anatoly Sidorov, right, arrive to watch military exercises near St Petersburg on Monday.
An anti-Yanukovich protester salutes as the Ukrainian national anthem is played at Kiev’s Independence Square. The US and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine. Read more
A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia’s president Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles shaped like a bomb reading “Crimea”, ahead of the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of people and are the highlight of Germany’s carnival season called Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).
Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the west since the Cold War Read more
Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Clashes broke out after police confronted stone-throwing Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine
A reveller in a carnival costume attends the opening of the Lucerne carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the so-called dirty Thursday.
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Nominee for Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival Itziar Marrero performs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. The carnival brings thousands of revellers every year. Santa Cruz is the closest European equivalent to the Brazilian Carnival from Rio Janeiro.