Pro-European protests in Ukraine

epa03985940 Riot policemen hide behind a bus as pro-EU protesters poor water on them from windows, as they occupy the City Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, 11 December 2013. Ukrainian riot police reoccupied part of the square where thousands of pro-European protesters demand early elections and resist calls from police to vacate the central Independence Square. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Pro-European protests continue in Ukraine

epa03983898 Riot police move in to to disperse people near the Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev, Ukraine, 09 December 2013, where thousands of demonstrators continued to demand the Ukrainian government's resignation. The Ukrainian opposition said 09 December that it would defend its encampment on Kiev's Independence Square after reports that the Interior Ministry was sending extra troops to the capital. World heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, whose Udar Party (Punch) is the smaller opposition faction in parliament, called supporters to come to the square. The Interior Ministry said that protesters risked criminal persecution if they broke the law. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04217981 A woman prays during a service for peace in front of the occupied administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, 21 May 2014. The previous day, NATO said that it saw no evidence of Russian troops pulling back from the border with Ukraine, despite such an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Violence ahead of Ukrainian presidential vote

epa04221016 A pro-Russian militant crouches near the body of a killed comrade, that was loaded onto a truck, after fierce fighting between pro-Russian militants and the Ukrainian army outside of Donetsk, Ukraine, 23 May 2014. Despite spiralling violence in the country's east, where pro-Russian insurgents have promised to do everything to prevent the election, Ukraine will votes for a new president on 25 May. Separatist leaders have called for a boycott of the poll. Pro-Russian insurgents, which control large areas of the country's eastern industrial heartland, say the election is an illegal provocation during a time when government forces are attacking their positions with guns and armoured vehicles. The international community has condemned the unrest in eastern Ukraine, which followed Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04368260 Burnt out soldiers' helmets after shelling in a Ukrainian military camp, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Rassypnoe, 25 August 2014. Russia defied western criticism on 25 August by announcing that it will send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

A rally in Kiev

epa04446670 Activists and supporters of Ukrainian nationalists hold flares and flags, as they march past the Independence Square during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 October 2014. The protest took part on the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04362493 Women walk on an empty road not far from Donetsk, Ukraine, 21 August 2014. Ukrainian army continues offensive operations in several areas eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council said that at least five soldiers were killed and 21 wounded over the past 24 hours, according to local media reports. Authorities in Donetsk said that at least two civilians were killed by artillery shelling in the city. Prison authorities in the neighbouring city of Makiivka said that four inmates were killed and eight injured when a shell hit a prison EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04374285 Ukrainian army fires during fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in Donetsk region, in Ukraine, 29 August 2014. NATO said 29 August that it believes that well more than 1,000 regular Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, adding heft to similar accusations by the Ukrainian government. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has ridiculed Western claims of a Russian military incursion in Ukraine. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Ukrainian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

epa04451710 Models wait backstage during the Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev, Ukraine, 17 October 2014. The event presents Spring/Summer 2015 collections by Ukrainian and international designers from 15 to 19 October. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Orthodox Jews mark the Rosh Hashanah in Uman.

epa04417757 Orthodox Jewish pilgrim rest after he performed a ritual dousing with holy water from a local pond during celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Uman city, about 200 km South of Kiev, Ukraine, 25 September 2014. Every year, thousands of Orthodox Bratslav Hasidic Jews from different countries of the world gather in Uman to mark the Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, near the Rabbi Nachman (who was a great grandson of the founder of Hasidism) tomb. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04383874 A car passes a burning destroyed house after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevo, in Ukraine, 04 September 2014. NATO and Russia set themselves on a collision course as leaders attended a summit in Wales to ramp up support from the trans-Atlantic alliance in the fight against eastern separatists, provoking angry responses from Moscow. The summit was overshadowed by Russia's annexation of Crimea in March and five months of fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Anti-government protests in Ukraine

epa04037968 Ukrainian priests stay in front of the burning barricade during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 23 January 2014. At least two people died of gunshot wounds on 22 January during anti-government protests in Ukraine, prosecutors said. A demonstrator also reportedly fell to his death after being chased by police. The violent protests have been raging in the Ukrainian capital since 19 January. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04448718 YEARENDER 2014 AUGUST A Ukrainian soldier rests as he patrols territory close to a Ukrainian checkpoint near town of Gorlovka, Ukraine, 28 August 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on 28 August accused Russia of a military invasion and cancelled an official visit to Turkey over 'the sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk.' Pro-Russian separatists were reportedly advancing towards the southern town of Mariupol. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04375292 An employee holds a baby who was evacuated to the 'Antoshka' orphanage in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, 30 August, 2014. About 70 children have been evacuated to the orphanage from Donetsk and Makeevka orphanages due to fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in the areas. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he is convinced the European Union will lay the groundwork on 30 August for new sanctions against Russia, expressing hope that they will push Moscow into peacefully settling tensions with Kiev. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04348448 An Ukrainian soldier takes cover after firing a mortar during fighting against militants, close to Ilovaysk town, near of Donetsk, Ukraine, 10 August 2014. Ukrainian government forces have narrowed the ring around Luhansk and the other rebel stronghold in Donetsk. Artillery attacks continued throughout the night in northern Donetsk. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Anti-government protests in Ukraine

epa04037942 The sunrise above a barricade around of the anti-government protesters tent camp on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 23 January 2014. At least two people died of gunshot wounds on 22 January during anti-government protests in Ukraine, prosecutors said. A demonstrator also reportedly fell to his death after being chased by police. The violent protests have been raging in the Ukrainian capital since 19 January. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Anti-government protests in Ukraine.

epa04037299 Protesters burn tires as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 22 January 2014. At least two people died of gunshot wounds on 22 January during anti-government protests in Ukraine, prosecutors said. A demonstrator also reportedly fell to his death after being chased by police. The violent protests have been raging in the Ukrainian capital since 19 January. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

President elections in Ukraine

epa04223886 A Ukrainian voter fills in a ballot inside a booth at apolling station in the town of Dobropillia, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 25 May 2014. Ukraine votes for a new president on 25 May, despite spiralling violence in the country's east, where pro-Russian insurgents have promised to do everything to prevent the election. The government in Kiev vows that the vote will go ahead in all parts of the country, including Crimea, which was annexed by Russia after a controversial referendum in March. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04387735 A woman stands in a barn where she lives now after her house was destroyed in Pervomayskoe village, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 06 September 2014. A ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was largely holding although militant separatists and the government accused each other of violating the truce. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agree that the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding, Poroshenko's office says. In a telephone conversation, Poroshenko and Putin discussed steps to ensure the ceasefire holds permanently. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04364169 A child stands near large bottles with water from a draw-well after the water supply system stopped working, in the eastern town Avdeevka, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 22 August 2014. After fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces, the town of Avdeevka lost its electricity and water supplies. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Ukrainian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

epa04448455 Models wait backstage before the presentation of creations by Ukrainian designer Victoria Gres during the Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2014. The event presents Spring/Summer 2015 collections by Ukrainian and international designers from 15 to 19 October. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Ukrainian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

epa04448387 Models wait backstage during the Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2014. The event presents Spring/Summer 2015 collections by Ukrainian and international designers from 15 to 19 October. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04174852 A masked man in military fatigues brings a blindfolded Irma Krat, arrested and held by pro-Russian protestors before her meeting with journalists near of occupied police station in Slaviansk, Ukraine, 21 April 2014. Pro-Russian activists are demanding broader autonomy from Kiev and closer ties to Russia. Pro-Russian activists continued occupying government, police and other administrative buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities, in defiance of an ultimatum by the Ukrainian government to lay down their weapons. Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine on 17 April had agreed on steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine during talks in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04188724 Ukrainian soldiers stay near of a checkpoint seized by them not far of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Slaviansk early on 02 May. The Ukraininan Defence Ministry said that two crew members were killed and an unspecified number of soldiers were injured after separatists shot down two Mi-24 assault helicopters with surface-to-air missiles. A third, Mi-8 transport helicopter, was hit by bullets but escaped unharmed, the ministry said. 'Putin has called such an operation a criminal action. Sadly the latest developments fully support that,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, and has practically destroyed the last hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Orthodox Jews mark the Rosh Hashanah in Uman.

epa04416007 Orthodox Jewish pilgrims pray near the tomb of Rabbi Nachman during celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Uman city, about 200 km South of Kiev, Ukraine, 24 September 2014. Every year, thousands of Orthodox Bratslav Hasidic Jews from different countries of the world gather in Uman to mark the Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, near the Rabbi Nachman (who was a great grandson of the founder of Hasidism) tomb. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Celebration of 1026th anniversary of the Christianization of the Kievan Rus in Ukraine.

epa04332553 Ukrainian Nuns wait for a prayer service at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 July 2014. Orthodox believers mark the 1026th anniversary of the Kievan Rus Christianization on 27 July 2014. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04358400 Nadia (6), sister of Alexey Danilenko (23, not pictured) plays with her friend near destroyed building of their neighbors after fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukrainian village Seleznevka, near of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 17 August 2014. Alexey Danilenko and his family were in Seleznevka during fierce fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces. Alexey said, that more than 80 percent buildings in village were damage. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04397921 A Ukrainian soldier wears a service cap in a military camp based on a front line near Pervomaysk city of Luhansk region, Ukraine, 12 September 2014. The European Union imposed sanctions on large Russian energy and defence companies - including a subsidiary of Gazprom and the manufacturer of Kalashnikov assault rifles - despite fears of Russian retaliation among some member states. The bloc has pledged to review the sanctions if a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine holds, in a compromise reached amid fears in some European capitals that they could hamper the fragile truce agreed last week, as well as worries over Russia's response to the measures. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04364179 A woman carries buckets with water from a draw-well after the water supply system stopped working, in the eastern town Avdeevka, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 22 August 2014. After fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces, the town of Avdeevka lost its electricity and water supplies. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04359108 A Ukrainian activist has his hair cut by a comrade from Donbass Battalion at their camp based in a school in the eastern Ukrainian town of Popasnaya, in Ukraine, 18 August 2014. The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said 18 August that a political settlement of the conflict in Ukraine was possible only if the government in Kiev halted its military campaign against separatist rebels in the east. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04172605 Ukrainians wait for the start of an Orthodox Easter mass with baskets of painted eggs and kulichi, traditional Easter cake, near the church in Slaviansk, Ukraine, 19 April 2014. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is regarded by Christians as their most important religious festival. Pro-Russian protestors continued occupying government, police and other administrative buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities, in defiance of an ultimatum by the Ukrainian government to lay down their weapons. Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine on 17 April had agreed on steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine during talks in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine - funeral ceremony for a 'Aidar' serviceman

epa04471225 Women react as soldiers carry a coffin with Fedor Lipchak, serviceman of Ukrainian battalion 'Aidar' who was killed in eastern Ukraine, during a funeral ceremony in Gurovschina village, near of Kiev, Ukraine, 31 October 2014. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Crisis in Ukraine

epa04176003 An armed pro-Russian protestor attends a funeral ceremony for three people who were killed during skirmish on a Slaviansk's blockpost on 19 Aprill, in an Orthodox church in Slaviansk, Ukraine, 22 Aprilll 2014. According to Russian media reports, several pro-Russian activists died following an exchange of gunfire in the night of 19 Aprilll near Slaviansk. Protesters continue to maintain camps in four cities in the Donetsk region, demanding a new federal system with broad autonomy for eastern regions. Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union agreed 17 Aprilll to a de-escalation deal under which pro-Russian separatists in the east must disarm and vacate occupied public buildings and squares. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
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