An armed supporter of the self-proclamed People's Republic of Donetsk smokes a cigarette as he mans a position in the vicinity of the airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on December 16, 2014.   Ukraine used the first meeting of a landmark council with the EU to press for more financial support as it pushed ahead with reforms in the face of Russian "aggression." "It is difficult for us to fight with a nuclear state which is armed to the teeth," Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said after the meeting. Russia's intervention in eastern Ukraine and its March annexation of Crimea meant his country had lost 10 percent of its economic base, a huge challenge in any circumstances and doubly so when under pressure for reforms from Brussels, Yatsenyuk said.
AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)