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The 20 photographs of the week

A destroyed Ukrainian army tank is photographed outside Uglegorsk. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reached a ceasefire deal last week after 17 hours of talks in Minsk, Belarus.

They stood between the battle lines of the police and the rioters, in order to keep them separated.

They stood between the battle lines of the police and the rioters, in order to keep them separated - Russian riot police vs Ukranian demonstrators

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

The detritus of war is seen everywhere: a Cossack officer makes a phone call beside the remains of a missile outside his base in Donetsk.

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

On edge: a bucket filled with grenades waiting to be primed sits at a Ukrainian position not far from Bakhmutka.

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

Dug in: a member of the Ukrainian forces sleeps out in the open, at his position not far from the embattled town of Debaltseve.

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

The fatigue of conflict: Ukrainian servicemen take a rest from their duties in their camp near Donetsk.

The 20 photographs of the week

A pro-Russian separatist inspects a house where Ukrainian troops were positioned in the town of Vuhlehirsk. The agreed ceasefire will come into force from midnight on 15 February as part of a deal that also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line.

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

Tactical movements: a convoy of Ukrainian forces drives towards Debaltseve, part of heavy troop concentrations around the city.

The hours before the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels – in pictures

And still life goes on: a Ukrainian serviceman washes his clothes on the road to Bakhmutka, near Luhansk.