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Russian sailors arrive aboard the Smolniy in Saint-Nazaire, western France. About 400 Russian sailors will be trained on the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class vessel being built at the STX France shipyard. The Vladivostok is one of two ships ordered from France by Russia’s navy. Read more
People take part in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on Thursday
Viktor, 68, and his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk. Residents are fleeing Slavyansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold that faces ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in the insurgency-torn eastern regions of Ukraine, in a sign that dialogue is continuing in spite of worsening violence in the conflict.
Pro-Russia separatists of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic remove the state coat of arms of Ukraine from a gate of the regional administration building, in the eastern Ukrainian city
A woman rides her bike near the famous Druzhba narodov (“Friendship of nations”) fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space in Moscow, on Wednesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached 29 degrees
Employees of the Derate pest control company ride on a chair lift at the Bobrovy Log resort near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia
The Soyuz TMA-13M space ship launches atop the Soyuz-FG rocket booster at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station. Circular star tracks around the Polar Star and track of the rocket are the result of long time exposure Read more
President Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia. An eleventh-hour agreement was made to import gas to China.
Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia. Read more
People stand near the burning Mariupol police station, Ukraine. Two eastern Ukrainian provinces will go ahead with a referendum on seceding from the country this weekend despite Russian president Vladimir Putin’s call for a delay, separatist leaders told Russia’s Interfax news agency on May 8 Read more