Protesters demand restoration of the state programme of affordable housing, in front of volunteer soldiers of battalion Donbass, as they guard the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Thursday to prevent “planned terrorist acts”, according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko
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Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy in Saint-Nazaire, western France. About 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class vessel being built at the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok is one of two ships ordered from France by Russia’s navy. Read more
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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s ‘Azov’ battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.
People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on Thursday
A woman rides her bike near the famous Druzhba narodov (“Friendship of nations”) fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space in Moscow, on Wednesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached 29 degrees
Employees of the Derate pest control company ride on a chair lift at the Bobrovy Log resort near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia
A child leans against a window as he looks at Ukrainian miners marching in support of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Lenin square, Donetsk, Ukraine
A heavily armed pro-Russian rebel mans a newly erected barricade on the airport road of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. More than 50 pro-Russian rebels were killed in an unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly-elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all Read more
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The world’s most complete mammoth, Lyuba, on display at The Natural History Museum, London. The baby mammoth, 85cm tall and 130cm long, was discovered in Siberia by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi along the Yuribei River, some 42,000 years after the one-month-old creature died. It is on display at the museum from Friday until September 7.
Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia. Read more