Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stands nearby, in Minsk
Sich special volunteer battalion members stand on Tuesday during an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO) in the east of the country
Ukrainian soldiers on an armoured personnel carrier in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine says any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country’s embattled east
A woman reacts with tears after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, Ukraine
A rebel gunman patrols a high-security prison after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine. More than 100 inmates broke out of jail when shells rained down on the prison in the besieged rebel stronghold
A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk.
Refugees from southeastern Ukraine at a refugee camp in Donetsk near Rostov, Russia. The number of Ukrainians in the camp, which can accommodate 1,000 people, has exceeded 1,500, the spokesperson for the regional government, Alexander Titov, said on Wednesday.
People walk past sculptures made with straw on Monday, during a contest in the village of Krasnoye, some 38 kilometers outside the southern Russian city of Stavropol.
Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the centre of Donetsk, on Monday
A Ukrainian soldier rests at his temporary camp, close to a checkpoint near Eastern Ukrainian village Nikishino, some 20 kms from village Grabovo, close to the village where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, in Ukraine on Friday
A woman walks out of a damaged multi-storey block of flats carrying her belongings following recent shelling by Ukrainian forces in central Donetsk on Tuesday
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Russian servicemen perform during a naval parade rehearsal in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. Russia will mark Navy Day on July 27.
Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of wagons containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on Monday. The head of a Dutch forensic team said on Monday a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian airliner crash, should set off later on Monday to a place where “we can do our work”
A litttle boy sits in a baby’s bath at a temporary facility for refugees form Eastern Ukraine, 20 km outside from the Crimean capital Simferopol, on Thursday
Rescue workers remove debris at a collapsed apartment after an air strike in Snizhne, 100 km east from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. An air strike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least nine civilians.
Residents of eastern Ukraine look out of the window of a bus destined for Rostov-on-Don in Russia from a collection point in Donetsk, on Monday
Ukrainian government soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they take up a position in a sunflower field about 20 km south of Donetsk. Ukrainia forces have massed tanks and armoured vehicles about 20 km south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk
A boy plays with a ball at a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in Rostov near the Russian-Ukrainian border, southern Russia
A man walks past a destroyed railroad bridge which fell over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, near the village of Novobakhmutivka, north of Donetsk
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