A serviceman of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) fires a signal flare to show readiness to start the disengagement of forces and hardware process at the Stanytsia Luhanska entry and exit checkpoint on the contact line between LPR forces and Ukrainian troops, in Luhansk region, Ukraine.
A general view of the hall before a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, France. The PACE has officially invited the Russian delegation to participate in the June session. In April 2014, Russia was stripped of its voting rights in PACE in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis and aftermath of the Crimea referendum. Since 2016, the Russian delegation has not been renewing its credentials ahead of the assembly's sessions in protest of the discrimination it faces within the organization. The country has also frozen its contributions to the Council of Europe, pledging to withhold future payments until such time as the Russian delegation’s rights are restored.
The display shows the results of the voting on a bill suspending Russia's compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) during a session at the Federation Council, Russian Parliament's upper chamber, in Moscow, Russia. The Federation Council has passed the bill and it will be submitted to Russian President Vladimir Putin so that he could sign it into law.
From left, silver medalists Bulgaria's Antonio Papazov, Tihomir Barotev, Ama Maria Stoilova, Ivelina Lukaki, Darina Pashova, gold medalists Russia's Timur Kulaev, Petr Perminov, Ilia Ostapenko, Roman Semenov and Garsevan Dzhanazian and bronze medalists Romania's Gabriel Bocser, Alin Popa Mihai, Nicolae Dacian Barna, Marian Brotei and Andreea Bogati pose during the awarding ceremony after the group aerobic gymnastics final competition at the 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus.
From left, silver medalist Russia's Mikhail Melnik, gold medalist Belarus' Uladzislau Hancarou and bronze medalist Portugal's Diogo Ganchinho pose during the awarding ceremony after the men's individual trampoline gymnastics final at the 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus.
People hold banners as they take part in a rally in Prague, Czech Republic. Thousands Czechs demand the resignation of Minister of Justice Marie Benesova, saying the new minister might compromise the legal system at a time when prosecutors have to decide whether to indict Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union funds.
A man holds Georgian flag as he takes part in a rally demanding Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia's resignation near the parliament building, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Earlier today Georgian parliament speaker Irakli Kobakhidze has stepped down after a night of violent clashes in Tbilisi.
The head of the Chechnya branch of the human rights group Memorial Oyub Titiev leaves the penal colony in the town of Argun, Russia’s Chechen Republic. Oyub Titiev was granted early release by a Russian court after he was found guilty of possessing illegal drugs and sentenced to a four-year penal colony in March.
From left, OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Stefan Visconti, Andrew Schofer, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Igor Popov and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk meet to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in Washington, D.C., USA.
Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko charged with an attempted coup sits in a courtroom during a hearing at Brovarsky district court in Kiev, Ukraine. The court is considering putting Savchenko and former head of Officer Corps organization Volodymyr Ruban under arrest after they were accused of trying to overthrow the government.
From left, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pose for a photo before a session of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Passports of Russia, Donetsk People’s Republic and Ukraine are pictured at the office of the migration service, in the village of Pokrovskoye, Rostov region, Russia. On April 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree allowing the residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to apply for the simplified procedure of receiving Russian citizenship.
A demonstrator holding a placard protests outside of Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case hearing for U.S. extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is held, in London, Great Britain. The full extradition hearing to decide whether Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February 2020.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, attends a welcome ceremony upon his arrival for a meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Russian investigative journalist for Meduza news website Ivan Golunov leaves the Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Department building, in Moscow, Russia. Ivan Golunov was released from house arrest after the drugs offence case against him was dropped. Golunov was detained on suspicion of involvement in the illicit drug trade on June 6, his arrest sparked outcry among his fellow reporters and several prominent public figures.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky leaves after his speech at the Constitutional Court's meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Court begins to assess legality of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's decree dissolving the Ukrainian Parliament. Earlier Zelensky signed a decree about dissolving the parliament and calling next parliament's elections on July 21.
Newly appointed Prime Minister of Moldova Maia Sandu, centre, attends the first meeting of the new cabinet in Chisinau, Moldova. On June 9 Moldova's Constitutional Court ruled to temporarily transfer Igor Dodon's presidential powers to Prime Minister Pavel Filip so that he could dissolve the parliament and call snap elections.
Parliament's speaker Zinaida Greceanii, left, and vice-speaker Ion Ceban talk during a Parliament meeting, in Chisinau, Moldova. The Parliament has recognized the decisions of the Constitutional Court to transfer Igor Dodon's presidential powers to Pavel Filip and to dissolve the Parliament illegal.
Igor Dodon, who was relieved of his duties as Moldovan President, speaks to the media in Chisinau, Moldova. On June 9 Moldova's Constitutional Court ruled to temporarily transfer Igor Dodon's presidential powers to Prime Minister Pavel Filip so that he could dissolve the parliament and call snap elections.