Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. Read more
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.
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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.
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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union” sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015
People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine.
Russian lawmaker, Hero of Russia Alexander Chekalin carries a Crimean flag, to add to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Russian Federation Council building in Moscow, Russia. Two flags, one of Crimea and the other one of Sevastopol have been added to a line of Russian regional flags in the hall of the Federation Council, marking the end of celebrations on the occasion of the region’s accession to Russia.
Ukrainian border guards prepare for a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.
People attend a rally to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow, on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. The flags display portraits of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and read “We are together!
A couple dances in front of the Crimean parliament building in central Simferopol after Crimea voted to leave Ukraine in a ballot that has fanned the worst east-west tensions since the Cold War. Read more
A woman walks through an art installation near the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, on Friday