This Week in Pictures: March 17-23

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From the Soyuz MS-08 launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS and all-Ukrainian rally against Poroshenko, to the Techno Classica vintage car fair in Essen and the Tokyo Fashion Week — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.

Take a moment to soak up some of the most important and striking photos of the week.

© Sputnik / Tabyldy Kadyrbekov / Go to the photo bankYoung dancers during a concert marking Nowruz, on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, March 21.
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Young dancers during a concert marking Nowruz, on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, March 21.
© REUTERS / Shamil ZhumatovThe Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of the US and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. March 21.
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The Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of the US and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. March 21.
© Sputnik / Stringer / Go to the photo bankParticipants of the all-Ukrainian rally to demand the resignation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. March 18.
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Participants of the all-Ukrainian rally to demand the resignation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. March 18.
© AP Photo / Themba HadebeTwo lion cubs play after being released into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa. March 19.
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Two lion cubs play after being released into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa. March 19.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankParticipants before the meeting and concert at Moscow's Manezhnaya Square staged to mark the fourth anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia. March 18.
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Participants before the meeting and concert at Moscow's Manezhnaya Square staged to mark the fourth anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia. March 18.
© Sputnik / Alexander Wilf / Go to the photo bankAlina Zagitova (Russia) performs her short program during the women’s figure skating competition at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy. March 21.
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Alina Zagitova (Russia) performs her short program during the women’s figure skating competition at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy. March 21.
© AFP 2022 / Armend NimaniKosovo's lawmakers react after opposition members released a teargas canister inside the country's parliament in Pristina before a vote for an agreement to ratify or not a border demarcation deal signed in 2015 with Montenegro. March 21.
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Kosovo's lawmakers react after opposition members released a teargas canister inside the country's parliament in Pristina before a vote for an agreement to ratify or not a border demarcation deal signed in 2015 with Montenegro. March 21.
© AFP 2022 / John WesselsMartha, who has been displaced with her husband and five children for six months, plants seeds in a makeshift camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) and returnees in Kabutunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. March 21.
The village of Kabutunga was burned down during an attack, some of the population fled to Kalemie, thirty kilometers away, others stayed in a makeshift displacement camp. People are slowly returning and trying to rebuild their lives. An ongoing conflict between the pygmies and Bantus has displaced 67,000 people around Kalemie and according to Humanitarian agencies up to 650,000 at the peak of the crisis in Tanganyika Province.
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Martha, who has been displaced with her husband and five children for six months, plants seeds in a makeshift camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) and returnees in Kabutunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. March 21.
The village of Kabutunga was burned down during an attack, some of the population fled to Kalemie, thirty kilometers away, others stayed in a makeshift displacement camp. People are slowly returning and trying to rebuild their lives. An ongoing conflict between the pygmies and Bantus has displaced 67,000 people around Kalemie and according to Humanitarian agencies up to 650,000 at the peak of the crisis in Tanganyika Province.
© AFP 2022 / Dimitar DilkoffSafet Halil, 53, stands next to the five storks he saved in the village of Zaritsa on March 21.
"I found five frozen storks near the village road the day before yesterday. I took them home, lit the stove to warm them and fed them fish," Safet Halil of Zaritsa told AFP. The return of winter weather in Bulgaria's northeast caught hundreds of migrating birds in an icetrap earlier this week, prompting a surprising response from many locals in the areas around the town of Dulovo.
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Safet Halil, 53, stands next to the five storks he saved in the village of Zaritsa on March 21.
"I found five frozen storks near the village road the day before yesterday. I took them home, lit the stove to warm them and fed them fish," Safet Halil of Zaritsa told AFP. The return of winter weather in Bulgaria's northeast caught hundreds of migrating birds in an icetrap earlier this week, prompting a surprising response from many locals in the areas around the town of Dulovo.
© Sputnik / Michael Klimentyev / Go to the photo bankRussian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russian winners and medalists from the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. March 20.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russian winners and medalists from the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. March 20.
© AP Photo / Invision/Grant PollardActress Hannah John-Kamen poses for photographers upon arriving at the premiere of the film "Ready Player One" in London. March 19.
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Actress Hannah John-Kamen poses for photographers upon arriving at the premiere of the film "Ready Player One" in London. March 19.
© AFP 2022 / DPA/Roland WeihrauchA fair hostess poses next to a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe on display at the Techno Classica vintage car fair in Essen, western Germany. March 21.
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A fair hostess poses next to a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe on display at the Techno Classica vintage car fair in Essen, western Germany. March 21.
© AFP 2022 / Mauro PimentelProtesters take part in a demonstration against the murder of Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco in front of Rio's Municipal Chamber, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. March 20.
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Protesters take part in a demonstration against the murder of Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco in front of Rio's Municipal Chamber, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. March 20.
© AFP 2022 / Hasan MohamedA child runs along a street in front of clouds of billowing smoke following a reported air strike on Douma, the main town of Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta. March 20.
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A child runs along a street in front of clouds of billowing smoke following a reported air strike on Douma, the main town of Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta. March 20.
© AP Photo / Shizuo KambayashiA model displays a creation by Ohalu Ando of Japan during the 2018 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo. March 20.
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A model displays a creation by Ohalu Ando of Japan during the 2018 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo. March 20.
© AP Photo / Gerald HerbertNew Orleans Pelicans cheerleaders perform in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in New Orleans. March 18.
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New Orleans Pelicans cheerleaders perform in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in New Orleans. March 18.
© AFP 2022 / Francois NascimbeniCars drive by vineyards covered in snow, in Chamery, near Reims, in the Champagne region on the eve of the first spring day. March 19.
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Cars drive by vineyards covered in snow, in Chamery, near Reims, in the Champagne region on the eve of the first spring day. March 19.
© AFP 2022 / Tolga AkmenUFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Octagon Girls pose for a photograph during a UFC fight at the O2 Arena in London. March 17.
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UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Octagon Girls pose for a photograph during a UFC fight at the O2 Arena in London. March 17.
© AFP 2022 / Yasin AkgulA man jumps over a bonfire during a Kurdish celebration of Nowruz (aka Noruz or Newroz), the Persian calendar New Year, in Istanbul. March 21.
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A man jumps over a bonfire during a Kurdish celebration of Nowruz (aka Noruz or Newroz), the Persian calendar New Year, in Istanbul. March 21.
© REUTERS / Mario AnzuoniCast member Adria Arjona poses at the premiere for "Pacific Rim: Uprising" in Los Angeles, California, US. March 21.
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Cast member Adria Arjona poses at the premiere for "Pacific Rim: Uprising" in Los Angeles, California, US. March 21.
© AP Photo / Pablo Martinez MonsivaisPresident Donald Trump holds first lady Melania Trump who lost her footing while walking across the South Lawn of the White in Washington before boarding the Marine One helicopter for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to Manchester, N.H., to announce his plan to combat opioid drug addiction. March 19.
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President Donald Trump holds first lady Melania Trump who lost her footing while walking across the South Lawn of the White in Washington before boarding the Marine One helicopter for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to Manchester, N.H., to announce his plan to combat opioid drug addiction. March 19.
© AP Photo / Stephen B. MortonA sailor from the USS Alaska gets kissed as he marches in the 194-year-old Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga. March 17.
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A sailor from the USS Alaska gets kissed as he marches in the 194-year-old Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga. March 17.
© REUTERS / Alkis KonstantinidisDemonstrators scuffle with riot police officers during a protest outside a notary's office to prevent the e-auction of repossessed properties in Athens, Greece, March 21, 2018.
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Demonstrators scuffle with riot police officers during a protest outside a notary's office to prevent the e-auction of repossessed properties in Athens, Greece, March 21, 2018.
© AFP 2022 / Nicolas AsfouriHostesses serve tea ahead of a speech by China’s President Xi Jinping and the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. March 20.
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Hostesses serve tea ahead of a speech by China’s President Xi Jinping and the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. March 20.
© AP Photo / PA/John LintonHighland cows are photographed as they graze in the Kilpatrick Hills near Glasgow, Scotland as the cold snap continues to grip the UK. March 18.
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Highland cows are photographed as they graze in the Kilpatrick Hills near Glasgow, Scotland as the cold snap continues to grip the UK. March 18.
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