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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 warned against intervention in Ukraine

Reports of a planned "humanitarian intervention" in Ukraine by Russian armed forces have been met with "grave concern" by the Prime Minister and US President, Downing Street says.

A Ukrainian serviceman sits on a military armoured vehicle near Donetsk Credit: Reuters

Any such move would be "unjustified and illegal" and would prompt "further and tougher sanctions", the two leaders were said to have agreed in a telephone call.

"They reiterated that we continue to urge Russia to engage with the international community and the Ukrainian government to find a political solution to the crisis," a Number 10 readout of this afternoon's call said.

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