Sputnik's Best Photos of 2018 (Part 1)

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Sputnik has gathered pictures of the most important and colourful events of 2018 in the following photo gallery.

Let's remember the exciting moments of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, striking news about fuel protests in France, the Kerch Strait incident and thrilling performances of athletes at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia. Beauty pageants, meetings at the highest levels, and the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

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

© Sputnik / Irina Kalashnikova / Go to the photo bankDuring the "yellow vests" protest against the rising prices of fuel in Paris.
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During the "yellow vests" protest against the rising prices of fuel in Paris.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankSu-30SM fighters from the Russian Knights aerobatic team during the 80th-anniversary celebration of the Aviation Technique Centre.
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Su-30SM fighters from the Russian Knights aerobatic team during the 80th-anniversary celebration of the Aviation Technique Centre.
© Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolskyi / Go to the photo bankRussian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (left) at a joint press conference following a meeting in Helsinki.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (left) at a joint press conference following a meeting in Helsinki.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankThe launch of the Soyuz-FG vehicle with the Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
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The launch of the Soyuz-FG vehicle with the Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
© Sputnik / Alexey Vitvitsky / Go to the photo bankParticipants from a march in Warsaw in honour of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland. In fact, the same route is followed by three marches - a state one, organised by the country's president, Andrzej Duda, a nationalist march led by the Radical National Camp and a left force march, organised by anti-fascists.
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Participants from a march in Warsaw in honour of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland. In fact, the same route is followed by three marches - a state one, organised by the country's president, Andrzej Duda, a nationalist march led by the Radical National Camp and a left force march, organised by anti-fascists.
© Sputnik / Asatur Yesayants / Go to the photo bankActress Elsa Hosk on the red carpet at the 71st Cannes International Festival.
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Actress Elsa Hosk on the red carpet at the 71st Cannes International Festival.
© Sputnik / Alexander Galperin / Go to the photo bankRussian Navy ships at the main naval parade in Kronstadt.
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Russian Navy ships at the main naval parade in Kronstadt.
© Sputnik / Alexey Danichev / Go to the photo bankRussian national team head coach Stanislav Cherchesov during a group stage match of the World Cup between the national teams of Russia and Egypt.
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Russian national team head coach Stanislav Cherchesov during a group stage match of the World Cup between the national teams of Russia and Egypt.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankAlina Zagitova (Russia) performs in the free skating programme in the women's single skating of the 5th stage of the Grand Prix in figure skating in Moscow.
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Alina Zagitova (Russia) performs in the free skating programme in the women's single skating of the 5th stage of the Grand Prix in figure skating in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankRussian President Vladimir Putin at the awards ceremony for the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki stadium. On the left is FIFA President Gianni Infantino, from right to left, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the awards ceremony for the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki stadium. On the left is FIFA President Gianni Infantino, from right to left, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and French President Emmanuel Macron.
© Sputnik / Javier Luengo / Go to the photo bankParticipants from a rally of supporters of Catalan independence in Barcelona. The action was timed to the National Day of Catalonia, celebrated on 11 September. Background: Casa Mila house by architect Antonio Gaudi.
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Participants from a rally of supporters of Catalan independence in Barcelona. The action was timed to the National Day of Catalonia, celebrated on 11 September. Background: Casa Mila house by architect Antonio Gaudi.
© Sputnik / Alexander Galperin / Go to the photo bankFans watching a broadcast of the group stage match of the World Cup between the national teams of Russia and Egypt in the fan zone of St Petersburg.
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Fans watching a broadcast of the group stage match of the World Cup between the national teams of Russia and Egypt in the fan zone of St Petersburg.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankGoalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (Russia) makes an incredible save in the 1/8 final match of the World Cup between the national teams of Spain and Russia.
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Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (Russia) makes an incredible save in the 1/8 final match of the World Cup between the national teams of Spain and Russia.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Go to the photo bankAssault on the positions of soldiers of the Daesh terrorist organisation (outlawed in Russia) near a former Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk in a southern suburb of Damascus.
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Assault on the positions of soldiers of the Daesh terrorist organisation (outlawed in Russia) near a former Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk in a southern suburb of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Varvara Hertier / Go to the photo bankParticipants of the "Immortal Regiment", held under the framework of the children's Victory Parade "Roads of Memory" in Ivanovo.
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Participants of the "Immortal Regiment", held under the framework of the children's Victory Parade "Roads of Memory" in Ivanovo.
© Sputnik / Maria Plotnikova / Go to the photo bankA fish stall at the Noryangin Fish Market in Seoul.
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A fish stall at the Noryangin Fish Market in Seoul.
© Sputnik / Maksim Blinov / Go to the photo bankVisitors to the hovering bridge at the park "Zaryadye" in Moscow.
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Visitors to the hovering bridge at the park "Zaryadye" in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankDina Averina (Russia) performs exercises with the ball in the individual programme at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia.
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Dina Averina (Russia) performs exercises with the ball in the individual programme at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankRoad traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Road traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam.
© Sputnik / Evgeniy Odinokov / Go to the photo bankParticipants at the open casting of the national contest "Miss Russia" in the shopping centre "Afimoll City" in Moscow.
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Participants at the open casting of the national contest "Miss Russia" in the shopping centre "Afimoll City" in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankPresident Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during the thanksgiving service on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral.
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President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during the thanksgiving service on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral.
© Sputnik / Pavel Lvov / Go to the photo bankReindeer Agricultural Production Cooperative "Tundra" in the Murmansk region.
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Reindeer Agricultural Production Cooperative "Tundra" in the Murmansk region.
© Sputnik / Tabyldy Kadyrbekov / Go to the photo bankParticipants from the dance group during a concert dedicated to Navruz, on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek.
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Participants from the dance group during a concert dedicated to Navruz, on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankPolice officers during an inspection of the railways, along which the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft is being taken to the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
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Police officers during an inspection of the railways, along which the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft is being taken to the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
© Sputnik / Evgenia Novozhenina / Go to the photo bankArtist German Vinogradov during the celebration of Shrovetide (Pancake week) in the art park "Nikola-Lenivets" of the Kaluga region.
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Artist German Vinogradov during the celebration of Shrovetide (Pancake week) in the art park "Nikola-Lenivets" of the Kaluga region.
© Sputnik / Alexey Malgavko / Go to the photo bankOn November 25, the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black and Azov seas, was closed to the passage of civilian ships for security reasons due to the provocation by ships of the Ukrainian Navy.
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On November 25, the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black and Azov seas, was closed to the passage of civilian ships for security reasons due to the provocation by ships of the Ukrainian Navy.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankMongolian herdsman.
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Mongolian herdsman.
© Sputnik / Jeenah Moon / Go to the photo bankA participant at a protest against strikes on Syria in New York.
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A participant at a protest against strikes on Syria in New York.
© Sputnik / Vitaliy Belousov / Go to the photo bankCitizens at a bus stop in Pyongyang.
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Citizens at a bus stop in Pyongyang.
© Sputnik / Jesus Alvarado / Go to the photo bankMigrants from Honduras, travelling, as part of a caravan, on the territory of Mexico in the direction of the border with the United States. About 7,000 people were in the caravan.
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Migrants from Honduras, travelling, as part of a caravan, on the territory of Mexico in the direction of the border with the United States. About 7,000 people were in the caravan.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankAurus Senat car at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2018.
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Aurus Senat car at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2018.
© Sputnik / Asatur Yesayants / Go to the photo bankOpposition supporters during a rally on Republic Square in Yerevan.
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Opposition supporters during a rally on Republic Square in Yerevan.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankSinger Aysel Mammadova (Azerbaijan) at a rehearsal for the first semi-final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
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Singer Aysel Mammadova (Azerbaijan) at a rehearsal for the first semi-final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
© Sputnik / Alexander Melnikov / Go to the photo bankTourists visiting the rocky temple-mausoleum of Al-Khazneh ("The Treasury of the Pharaoh") in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
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Tourists visiting the rocky temple-mausoleum of Al-Khazneh ("The Treasury of the Pharaoh") in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
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