Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark’s astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday
A boy stands by a wall sprayed with a graffiti depicting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimean city of Simferopol on Tuesday.
A mobile phone cover with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and which reads “Mr President” is seen in this photo illustration taken a in hotel room in Kazan, Russia
A Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer performs on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Friday
A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine
A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia.
Competitors start in a men’s 50m freestyle heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia today.
Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi swims in a women’s 200m butterfly heat at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia
A spectator watches the morning heats at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Monday
The full moon rises over the illuminated Kazan Kremlin and Qol Sharif mosque in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, located in Russia’s Volga River area.
China’s Si Yajie is seen underwater during the women’s 10m platform preliminary event at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.
Swimmers start the women’s 10km open water race at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Members of Team France perform in the synchronised swimming team technical final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia today.
Russian navy battle ships station in the bay during a rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea on Friday
Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country’s east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev on Wednesday
Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine on Friday
Members of the Russian honor guard perform a ceremonial change-over at the Military Glory hall of the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd, Russia, on Wednesday
Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on Friday
A worker cleans a monument to Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin during preparations to celebrate the 216th anniversary of his birth in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday
Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday