Members of the tough task contingent are engaged in physical scramble up the side of a building during the national fire brigade extinguishment tough task maneuver at the fire-fighting training base in Shenyang City, in northeast China's Liaoning province on July 9. Special fire fighters for tough commitments demonstrate their stunt skills, including a 5,000-meter run with heavy loads, fire extinguishing in air, and rescue from collapsed sites. Zhao Jingdong/Newscom
Firefighters in Jinzhou, Liaoning province, participate in an anti-chemical drill at the Jinzhou Petrochemical Corporation. Newscom/FILE
Members of the special tough task contingent are engaged in the 5,000-meter run with heavy weights during the national fire brigade extinguishment tough task maneuver at the fire-fighting training base in Shenyang City on July 9. Zhao Jingdong/Newscom
Firemen take part in a fire-fighting drill in a tunnel on Hurongxi Expressway in Yichang City, in central China's Hubei province on June 25. A tunnel emergency drill was held to examine the team's capability of dealing with urgent problems like fires, blasts, and traffic accidents in the tunnel. Fang Pei/Newscom
A firefighter sprays the leaked water with the high pressure fire hose, during a simulated emergency rescue maneuver against a dangerous chemical spill, in a bid to further boost emergency-disposal ability, in Gangzha District, Nantong City, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on July 9. There are some 211 units engaged in dangerous chemical emergencies, with over 4,000 employees, and some 33 major sources of danger identified in the Gangzha District. Wang Junrong/Newscom
This brave Tibetan Mastiff shows off his skills during a firefighting drill in Shenyang, China. Tibetan Mastiffs are known for their loyalty, and as this one proves, they will literally jump through flaming hoops in an emergency. DJ/WN/MT/Newscom
Two members of the tough task contingent are engaged in putting out a simulated biochemical fire during the national fire brigade extinguishment tough task maneuver at the fire-fighting training base in Shenyang City. Zhao Jingdong/Newscom
Firemen stand in line during a ceremony marking the start of their service in Lhasa, Tibet. Newscom
Members of the tough task contingent demonstrate their firefighting skills in Shenyang City on July 9. Zhao Jingdong/Newscom
Firemen transport 'trapped' people during a firefighting drill in a tunnel on Hurongxi Expressway in Yichang City, in central China's Hubei province on June 25. Fang Pei/ZGP/Newscom
Pro-Moscow separatists paraded Ukrainian prisoners of war in Donetsk to the delight of cheering crowds today, as Kiev celebrated independence with a rare military parade in the capital.
BySabra Ayres, Correspondent
The dozens of captive Ukrainian soldiers moved down the main drag of this eastern rebel stronghold with their hands tied behind their back and their heads sunk low. Parallel rows of armed men ordered them to parade past the jeering crowds lining each side of the wide street.