A Russian flag flies near Russia-backed separatists sitting atop a 2S1 Gvozdika (122-mm self-propelled howitzer) as a convoy moves from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk region, on Feb. 25, 2015.
Photo by AFP
The world is becoming ever more tumultuous. But amid the general storm one country can be relied upon to maintain a sanguine - and sanguinary - course: Vladimir Putin's Russia.
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