Cossacks stand guard at the entrance to the Crimean parliament building on Friday in Simferopol, Ukraine. Russian Cossacks, some heavily armed, have taken up guard duties at road checkpoints, border crossings and other key facilities that were previously guarded by local, pro-Russian militants across Crimea in recent days. The Crimean parliament voted yesterday to hold a referendum on March 16 to determine whether Crimea shall secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Read more
Canada’s Braydon Luscombe skis during the Men’s Downhill Standing training at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre
A priest reads a prayer for peace to Ukrainian servicemen at a base in the Crimean village of Bakhchisaray, near Simferopol Read more
A man holds a portrait of Josef Stalin before laying flowers at the grave of the late Soviet leader during a ceremony in Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 61th anniversary of Stalin’s death
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Troops under Russian command fire weapons into the air and shout orders to turn back at an approaching group of more than 100 unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occupying, in Crimea, Ukraine
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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.
An anti-Yanukovich protester salutes as the Ukrainian national anthem is played at Kiev’s Independence Square. The US and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine. Read more
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
An anti-Yanukovich protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s unrest. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.
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.