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.
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
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.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets China’s President Xi Jinping before the G20 summit in St Petersburg. Russia, the summit host, is hoping to push an agenda to stimulate growth, but divisions among world leaders about the prospect of US-led military action in Syria are likely to dominate the meeting. Read more
A demonstrator wears a T-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castle to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen. Read more
Vladimir Putin, Russian president, walks with monks during his visit on April 11 2013 to Ivolginsky “datsan”, a Buddhist monastery near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village in the Republic of Buryatia
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (on the right) and Yume at his countryside residence Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on April 10 2013. Bulgarian Shepherd Dog Buffy was presented to Mr Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov, while the Japanese Akita Inu dog Yume (translated as Dream) was sent to him as a gift by the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia’s help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Read more