Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine

Fighting has started again in eastern Ukraine between government troops and separatist rebels, Ukrainian military officials said.

Yesterday a missile killed at least 15 refugees who were trying to flee the area "burning them alive". More bodies may still be recovered.

This comes days after a convoy of aid supplies travelled to the country from Moscow but Ukraine is still to let them in over fears it could spark an invasion.

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Russia calls for 'urgent humanitarian mission' in Ukraine

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for "urgent measures for preventing an impending humanitarian catastrophe" in Ukraine during a telephone call with US counterpart John Kerry, his department says.

Sergei Lavrov warned of Credit: AA/TT

A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry said Kerry "confirmed such work is being carried out with the Kiev authorities".

The statement follows reports that Ukrainian forces had surrounded the rebel-held city of Donetsk in the east of the country.

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