In a six-part series, Reuters photographers tell the story behind some of the most iconic, unusual and breathtaking pictures of 2014 in news, entertainment and sports.
Above, armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war as they walk across central Donetsk.
Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov: “It was an awful sight. A column of jaded and haphazardly dressed people walking along the street surrounded by armed rebels.
Citizens were shouting curses and throwing eggs at them and the column was followed by street sweepers washing the road.
I think this image perfectly shows the negative emotions of conflict: weakness, devastation, shame, fear on one side and spite, aggression.”