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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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Obama backs Red Cross aid mission in Ukraine

Barack Obama has added his support to Ukraine's international aid mission to the city of Luhansk with the Red Cross.

US President Barack Obama. Credit: Mike Theiler/DPA/Press Association Images

The mission also includes the participation from European Union, Russia, Germany and other countries. The US President expressed his support in a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.

The White House said that Obama told Ukrainian Poroshenko that any Russian intervention in Ukraine without Kiev's consent would be unacceptable" and a violation of international law.

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