AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Dec 22, 2022, 9:42 AM | Updated: 11:56 pm
A woman cries in front of the building which was destroyed by a Russian attack in Kryvyi Rih, Ukrai...

A woman cries in front of the building which was destroyed by a Russian attack in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Russian forces launched at least 60 missiles across Ukraine on Friday, officials said, reporting explosions in at least four cities, including Kyiv. At least two people were killed by a strike on a residential building in central Ukraine, where a hunt was on for survivors. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

              Firefighters dressed as Santas and dangled on ropes as they scale down the Athens' main children's hospital to deliver Christmas presents to young cancer patients spending the holidays in hospital, in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
            
              A dog joins Ambulance workers on a picket line in London, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of ambulance workers in Britain are staging a 24-hour strike, with unions and the government swapping accusations of blame for putting lives at risk. The government is telling people not to play contact sports, take unnecessary car trips or get drunk in order to reduce their risk of needing an ambulance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Only the television tower looks out over the fog that covers the city of Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
            
              The players of Morocco national soccer team celebrate on a bus and wave during a homecoming parade in central Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Morocco national team won the fourth place at the last World Cup. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
            
              People react while watching the World Cup final soccer match between France and Argentina, outside a cafe in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
            
              Pope Francis looks at a nativity scene as he leaves after his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A girl stands behind an honor guard outside the Heroes' Cemetery in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, after a memorial religious service for those killed in the 1989 anti-communist uprising. Participants and relatives of those killed marked the 33rd anniversary of the anti-communist uprising which started in Bucharest on Dec. 21, 1989 and left more than one thousand people dead and ended the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              The letters 'Z' and 'V' that symbolise Russia's special military operation in Ukraine adorn the entrance to the Gorky Park decorated for the New Year and Christmas festivities in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
            
              A woman cries in front of the building which was destroyed by a Russian attack in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Russian forces launched at least 60 missiles across Ukraine on Friday, officials said, reporting explosions in at least four cities, including Kyiv. At least two people were killed by a strike on a residential building in central Ukraine, where a hunt was on for survivors. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
            Ukrainian soldiers fire a Pion artillery system at Russian positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)

DEC. 16 – DEC. 22

From the continuing aggression across Ukraine to fans reacting to World Cup games in France and Morocco and the nurses’ strikes in England, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa.

The selection was curated by AP chief photographer Thanassis Stavrakis, in Athens.

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