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Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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Ukraine minister: '21 dead' after 'full-scale military clash'

About 21 people died following a "full-scale military clash" in the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior minister has said.

Writing on his Facebook page, Arsen Avakov said a group of "about 60 terrorists armed with automatic weapons" had tried to storm the town's police headquarters.

The police headquarters in Mariupol engulfed in flames following clashes between Ukrainain forces and pro-Russian separatists. Credit: Associated Press

He said that an initial "fight" had turned into a "full-scale military clash" involving police and the Ukrainian national guard, leaving "near to 20" pro-Russian separatists and one Ukrainian serviceman dead.

He also insisted there would be no backing down from Ukrainian forces facing armed separatists, saying:

"Our position towards armed terrorists will remain one and the same - shoot to kill."

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