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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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Russian aid convoy 'could be cover' to enter Ukraine

A Russian aid convoy of 280 trucks en route to Ukraine could be an attempt by Moscow to install a permanent presence in the country, according to France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

He told France Info radio: "We must be extremely careful because this could be a cover for the Russians to install themselves near Lugansk and Donetsk and put us before a done deed."

He added: "This (convoy) is only possible, only justifiable, if the Red Cross authorises it."

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