Pro-Russian rebels parade seized Ukrainian troops

Pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine town of Donetsk paraded captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on both sides to engage in order to bring peace to Ukraine as she pledged €500 million to help rebuild the war-shattered eastern regions.

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Pro-Moscow rebels march POWs through Donetsk

Pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine town of Donetsk paraded captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.

Armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The POWs looked dirty and unshaven and bowed their heads as they passed. Some had bandaged arms and heads. They were guarded by rebel fighters with guns, their bayonets fixed.

Armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

People who came to watch the parade shouted "fascists!" and "murderers!" and some threw bottles at the POWs.

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Ukraine military parades on Independence Day

Armoured vehicles and soldiers have been parading in Kiev today, Ukrainian Independence day.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the nation's military was being mobilised for a historic war of independence from Russia.

Soldiers, some due to head directly to the front where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists, staged a marchpast on Kiev's Independence Square followed by a parade of armored vehicles armed with anti-tank weapons and trucks towing missile systems.

During the ceremony, Poroshenko declared that Ukraine's war against pro-Russian separatists, who it says are armed by Moscow, would likely enter history as 'the 2014 patriotic war'.

Ukraine declared its independence from a collapsing Soviet Union on 25th August 1991, but many Ukrainians believe Moscow has never truly let it function as a sovereign state, and is now trying to restore its control. Russia denies helping the rebellion, or trying to intervene in Ukraine's internal affairs.

Marching of POWs a violation of Geneva Convention

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports that the alleged marching of prisoners-of-war through Donetsk is a violation of two articles of the Geneva Convention.

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Shakhtar Donetsk stadium damaged by shelling

Two explosions hit the stadium this morning. Credit: Shakhtar Donetsk FC

Donbass Arena, the home of Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, has been damaged by shelling.

The stadium is one of Ukraine's top sporting venues. Credit: Shakhtar Donetsk FC

The club said two "powerful explosions" had rocked the stadium early this morning, but there are no casualties among stadium staff.

England faced Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in 2012. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The ground hosted England's match with Ukraine in the 2012 European Championships.

Merkel: Both sides must engage for peace in Ukraine

Merkel has called for an improvement to border monitoring. Credit: Michael Kappeler/dpa

Angela Merkel has called on both sides to engage in order to bring peace to Ukraine as she pledged €500 million to help rebuild the war-shattered eastern regions.

She said new sanctions against Russia were not her main consideration, despite Moscow sending aid trucks into Ukraine without permission.

Peace will not be possible until there are better border controls between the countries, the German Chancellor added.

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