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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.
A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday
Russian currency dropped to 100 roubles to the euro on Tuesday, after Russia’s central bank made a surprise move on Monday night to raise interest rates to 17%
A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday
Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday
Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara on Monday
A woman walks in heavy snowfall in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Monday
An aerial view of a 30m wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5km east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia’s Perm region
Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan.
A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution
People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People’s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday
Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, of Divnogorsk, Siberia, tests the Alien Samurai, an electro-mechanical mobile robot he made from used car components
Ferrari Formula One mechanics push the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the first free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit.