Oleksandra Vagner is a correspondent for RFE/RL's Russian Service.
Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Ranchukov, who died last year, liked to take his camera out onto the streets of his native Kyiv and other cities to pursue his own gritty brand of street photography.
As deadly fighting continues to rage in eastern Ukraine, activists on both sides of the conflict are stepping up efforts to funnel equipment, basic necessities, and even fighters to the front lines.
The 30 people detained last month during a protest by environmental group Greenpeace in the Arctic remain in custody in Russia. Their families say they are increasingly worried about their fate.