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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

September 2, 2022

AUG. 26-SEPT. 1, 2022

This week’s top photos include those documenting the death of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the return to school of Ukrainian refugees in Romania. Russian rockets were launched against a train station in the village of Chaplyne during Ukraine’s Independence Day, while revellers threw tomatoes at each other at the annual “Tomatina” fiesta in Spain. Migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean Sea near Lampedusa.

In this image taken from video provided by the Russian pool television on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin pays his last respect near the coffin of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow Russia. (Russian pool via AP)

This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa. The selection was curated by Greek photographer Petros Giannakouris.

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A railway worker stands next to heavily damaged train after a Russian attack on a train station yesterday during Ukraine’s Independence Day in the village Chaplyne, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Two women look at portraits of Princess Diana and other remembrances displayed on the gates of Kensington Palace, in London, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. This week marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in a Paris car crash. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Ukrainian Lyubov weeps on her knees as she prays in front of portraits of war dead servicemen in a church in Lviv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A child tries to steal money from street musicians playing in downtown Lviv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Surrounded by shards of broken glass and rubble 14-year-old Sofia Zhyr, sits at her desk in the remains of her classroom in the Chernihiv School #21, which was bombed by Russian forces on March 3, in Chernihiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 30 , 2022. “I was scared to come to the school the first time after it was bombed. For a long time, I was just looking at it from afar. At those moments, it seemed like nothing ever happened.” Sofia said. Scraping through the rubble of the classroom they last saw on February 24 – at the start of the Russian invasion — one group of children returned to the remains of their bombarded school on Tuesday to check the condition of their school. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Ukrainian refugee children play during a school opening ceremony in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. About 100 children started school on Thursday the same day schools open in Ukraine, earlier than the official school start in Romania on Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
Dancers Robert Carter, right, and Ugo Cirri from the comedy drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo pose for the cameras in the Italian Gardens of Kensington Gardens in London, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The troupe will tour Britain with their show, starting at the Peacock Theatre in London on Sept. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Stars fill the sky over a residential building before the curfew in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual “Tomatina”, tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. The tomato fight took place once again following a two-year suspension owing to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

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