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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 'must be neutral'

A Russian aid convoy bound for eastern Ukraine must be scrutinised to ensure it does not serve political ends, according to the European Union's humanitarian aid chief.

A Russian Aid convoy heading towards Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Kristalina Georgieva said: "It is very important that delivery of humanitarian aid anywhere, by anyone, complies with the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence and that international humanitarian organisations are those who ... help people affected by crisis."

She added: "No political or any other objectives must be pursued. The content of humanitarian aid must be exactly that, humanitarian aid, and obviously cannot be taken on face value."

Russia claims the convoy is carrying food, water and other aid for the people trapped by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

But some like French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, fear that it could be an attempt by Moscow to install a permanent presence in the country

Ukraine's government has said the convoy will be unloaded and transferred at the border.

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