Ukrainian servicemen rest in a camp near Donetsk. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko nominated National Guard part-volunteer forces chief Stepan Poltorak as the war-torn former Soviet country’s fourth defence minister of the year.
A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
A mother and child pass graffiti in Russia’s far-eastern city of Vladivostok that bears a message against the conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The graffiti reads: “No to war in Ukraine”.
Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country’s near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis
A Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve
A man who left his burned flat stands in front of a building destroyed by shelling this morning in the Kievsky district near the international airport on Wednesday in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion “Azov”, after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev on Monday
A Ukrainian serviceman is seen in a military camp in Volnovaha town, some 60 km from Donetsk, Ukraine. New EU sanctions against Russia are to come into effect on Friday
A Pro-Russian separatist fighter holds a grenade as he stands guard at a checkpoint on a road to Donetsk airport. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday most Russian troops had been withdrawn from the country, in a move he said boosted the prospects for peace
A Pro-Russian rebel looks at pieces of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane near village of Rozsypne, eastern Ukraine. The Dutch team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine says the crash was likely caused by the plane being hit by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.” The preliminary report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, but its findings appear to point to that conclusion.