Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.
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
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
Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks on as she stands outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow on Monday during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president in 2012.
Russian women skating along a frozen boulevard in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, Russia. The temperature in Moscow hit minus 15 degrees centigrade on Thursday
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters is at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, to deliver the annual state of the nation address
Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup, in Moscow on Friday
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.
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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.
Nationalist demonstrator wears a mask as others carry a banner reading ‘Today a Mosque – tomorrow Jihad’, during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow on Monday, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.