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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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Aid agency sounds alert over eastern Ukraine

Thousands of people are believed to be short of water, power and medical aid in eastern Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned.

Clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces have plagued eastern Ukraine for several months. Credit: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The independent aid agency said it held talks today with Ukrainian and Russian authorities on Russia's proposed aid to the region.

The ICRC is ready to take action in eastern Ukraine but said it needed agreement and security guarantees from all sides before it could act.

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