A small dog peers from a car as soldiers check vehicles at an Ukrainian army checkpoint near Kurakhove, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 on a road leading to Russia-backed separatists held territory. Ukraine's president signed a decree Monday opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - MARCH 05: (CHINA OUT) Local villagers perform a 'dragon dance' as fireworks are set off in Puzhai Twon on March 5, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. Lantern Festival is the last festival of Chinese lunar new year which fell on 15th day of the 1st lunar month. The fire dragon dance in Fengshun County of south China's Guangdong province can be traced back to the reign of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty that the performance was to celebrate Lantern Festival and new year's fortune. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HEIHE, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) Frontier soldiers practice sabreplay without coats in minus twenty degrees celsius conditions on February 27, 2015 in Heihe, Heilongjiang province of China. The sabreplay training in northeast China's Heilongjiang province is to cultivate frontier soldiers' practical combat ability in battlefield rather than performance courses. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Fire fighters, left, battle a fire near the town of Hout Bay, South Africa, Monday, March 2, 2015. South African firefighters say they are battling to control a wildfire that has burned down five homes in Cape Town's southern peninsula. Spokeswoman Liezl Moodie said Monday that nearly 150 firefighters, along with park volunteers, have combated the blaze since early Monday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
An Indian child looks on as he uses a makeshift raft to cross the Yamuna River in New Delhi on February 28, 2015. India's finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure February 28, saying it was time for the economy to 'fly', as he unveiled the new right-wing government's first full budget. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 02: A Hamann is covered at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 2, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The 85th International Motor Show held from the 5th to 15th March 2015 will showcase novelties of the car industry. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: The body of killed Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, covered by plastic, seen on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral on February 28, 2015 in central Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Boris Yeltsin, was shot dead in central Moscow ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend, investigators and police said. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NANDGAON, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - 2015/02/27: Thousands of Hindu devotees took part and celebrate 'Lathmar Holi'. The colours fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. The rituals of the ancient festival of Holi are religiously followed every year with care and enthusiasm. (Photo by Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A woman holds up her hand as she waits to be silhouetted with white chalk during a performance by Spanish Artist Irisarri at ARCO, the international contemporary Art fair in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The ARCO art fair will run from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Afghan survivors of an avalanche run to get relief goods distributed by an Afghan army helicopter in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul on March 1, 2015. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani February 28 pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort. (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
BERDIANSKE, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 28: A Ukrainian soldier stands on top of an armored personal carrier in a newly dug trench near the front line of defense against pro-Russian seperatists on February 28, 2015 near in the village of Berdianske, Ukraine. Berdianske is on the eastern side of Mariupol, Ukraine - many Ukrainian soldiers believe pro-Russian seperatists will try to take control of the city of Mariupol next in an effort to create a land bridge between Russia and Crimea. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A Malaysian youth swims in a river due to the hot weather in Hulu Langat, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, early Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Villarica volcano erupted Tuesday around 3 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. (AP Photo/ Aton Chile)
GAPYEONG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 03: Thousands of couples take part in a mass wedding of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, commonly known as the Unification Church, at Cheongshim Peace World Center on March 3, 2015 in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. Approximately 3,800 couples from around the world exchanged wedding vows in the wedding the Unification Church claims as one of its largest ever. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service walks past 15 tons of elephant tusks which were set on fire, during an anti-poaching ceremony at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to the elephant ivory during World Wildlife Day to discourage poaching, saying that 25 years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, new demand from emerging markets is threatening Africa's elephants and rhinos. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
MAKEEVKA, UKRAINE - MARCH 03: A quality control specialist collects samples of coal Holodnaya Balka mine on March 3, 2015 in Makeevka, Ukraine. While Ukraine's economy has significantly shrunk in the past year due to the ongoing conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels, many coal mines have continued to operate. Scheglovka Glubokaya mine has operated for over 50 years. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The Smithsonian Institution Building, known as The Castle, is visible behind Mia Molnar, 6, of Tampa, Fla., who plays in the snow on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The U.S. federal government said its offices in the Washington area will be closed Thursday because of a new round of winter weather expected in the region. The Office of Personnel Management said non-emergency personnel in and around Washington were granted excused absences for the day. Emergency employees and telework-ready employees were expected to work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
BOSWORTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: The hounds of the Atherstone Hunt look out from a horse box as they eagerly wait for their master to go out on a hunt on March 5, 2015 in Bosworth, England. The hunt is celebrating its bicentenary this year and today's commemorative hunt started from Bosworth. The hunt continues it's tradition with members paying a subscription and has 400 square miles of fox hunting ground within Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Water falls on the colored hand of a man, dancing during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Friday, March 6, 2015. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also marks the advent of spring. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)
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March is staying true to form and coming in like a lion, so take some time to relive the world's biggest news stories through this week's best photography.
Tensions remain high in the Ukraine, as government forces continue to battle pro-Russian separatists in the country's eastern regions. This week near Kurakhove, soldiers performing car checks encountered a small dog in a colorful sweater, and we hope the sweet pug brightened their otherwise demanding day.
In happier news, Indian Hindus continued celebrating the colorful spring Holi festival, while nearby in China, citizens enjoyed the Lantern Festival, which is the last celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Check out photos from these stories and more in the slideshow above, and be sure to come back next week to see our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.