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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia
A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday
A Ukrainian serviceman walks in front of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on Friday. Kiev announced on Thursday it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal agreed in a deal struck in Minsk.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention centre in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Mr Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.
Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, centre, reacts as she listens to the court’s decision in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks as concerns rise about her health.
Relatives and friends pay respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia vowed to find the killers of the opposition leader as details emerge about the most shocking political assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin’s rule
Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he calls ‘Oil Mosquitoes’, which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on beside the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Mr Slonov showed his installation titled ‘Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth’ ahead of the opening of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on Thursday
A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, returns home by bus to Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday
Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday
The Yakovlevs, a UK based aerobatic team flying Russian designed Yakovlev aircrafts, make a formation in the shape of a heart from a trail of smoke during the third day of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India.
Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday
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
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An elderly woman collects humanitarian aid in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are to hold peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday
Employee Dmitry Kudryavtsev selects a film to work on at the “Krasnoyarsky Kinograph” (Krasnoyarsk Cinemagraph) state regional cinema fund in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The fund stores feature, documentary, newsreel films and other footage taken since the beginning of the 20th century, which were examined, reconditioned and sorted by employees. Many collections, including the ones featuring periods of history of Russia and Siberia, are of great value, according to the representatives of the fund.
Swans on a lake near the village of Urozhainy, in the Sovetsky district of the Altai region of Russia. The air temperature is minus 35 degrees Celsius. The swans migrate annually to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend the winter.
Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, a victim of Saturday’s shelling, stand near a grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Alexandra Panova during the women’s singles second-round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday. Sharapova defeated Panova to win the match.
Seagulls flock over a rubbish dump in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.
Russian Cossacks in traditional uniform guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia
Sailors on board Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, in Saint-Nazaire, western France. A ship carrying the sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the port on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow.