Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps light flares during rally at the Ukrainian Parliament against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in two eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed rebels, but there are major concerns about ensuring the vote takes place in a secure and safe atmosphere
Kiev’s subway staff waits for female passengers in order to offer them flowers ahead of International Women’s Day in Kiev, Ukraine
Members of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Azov hold flares during a protest outside the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) prison in Kiev. The protesters are demanding the release of Stanislav Krasnov, head of the nationalist organisation “Azov-Crimea”, who is accused of spying for Russia
Honor guards attend a ceremony to commemorate several hundred students who died during a battle on January 29, 1918 while defending the Ukrainian capital from the Bolsheviks, in Kiev, Ukraine
An unidentified Ukrainian lawmaker (2-R) pulls off Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (R) from the podium in parliament during a session in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday.
Ukrainian police detain an activist of the feminist movement Femen as she shouts slogans during a demonstration calling for gay rights outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev
Children play next to the bronze monument at the World War II museum complex in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians mark 71th anniversary of the liberation of Ukraine from the Nazi occupation during WWII
A Ukrainian serviceman visits an abandoned church in the Pisky village near Donetsk
Activists of the of nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party hold a poster and their flags during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Ukraine is marking the ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’
A sniper of the Ukrainian National Guard takes up a position during a training session on the shooting range in the village of Stare, some 80 km from Kiev, Ukraine on Friday
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A Hasidic pilgrim prays near the burial site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov on Monday in Uman, Ukraine. Every year, tens of thousands of Hasidim gather for Rosh Hashanah in the city to pray at the holy site
A discharged Ukrainian serviceman kisses his girlfriend on a platform of Kiev railway station as he arrived in the capital after one year fighting at the eastern-Ukrainian conflict zone 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.
Servicemen of the Kiev-1,Ukrainian volunteers battalion, take part in training exercises in Kiev on Friday
A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine, on Monday, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day
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
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Ukrainian servicemen, their faces darkened with camouflage paint, take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.
A Ukrainian mother and child stand atop the Friendship of Nations monument in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday
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