A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine
A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he walks in front of a rainbow in Ratian village, north of Aleppo, after what the rebels said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad that attempted to advance in the village but failed.
A pro-Russian rebel takes a ribbon from his arm in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The ribbons are used as a form of identification. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town
A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people
A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday
Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside
A Pro-Russian separatist fighter holds a grenade as he stands guard at a checkpoint on a road to Donetsk airport. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday most Russian troops had been withdrawn from the country, in a move he said boosted the prospects for peace
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 rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street in the Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what opposition milita said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad
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Malakal, Upper Nile State 650 km from Juba, is under the controlled of rebels and defected SPLA soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar in South Sudan
A rebel fighter cleans his weapon as two of his comrades look on in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Syrian rebels have agreed a ceasefire with Al-Qaeda loyalists after bitter fighting for a key border town, a monitoring group said on Friday, as the opposition condemned the jihadist assault.
A boy carries eggs as he walks at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing, a passageway separating Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr, which is under the rebels’ control, and the Al-Masharqa neighbourhood in Syria, an area controlled by the Assad regime