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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 to be 'reloaded' at Ukraine border

A Russian aid convoy will not be allowed to enter Ukrainian territory, according to an aide of the country's president Petro Poroshenko.

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Instead, Valery Chaly told Reuters that the cargo will be transferred onto other vehicles by the Red Cross at the border.

He said: "We will not allow any escort by the emergencies ministry of Russia or by the military (onto Ukrainian territory). Everything will be under the control of the Ukrainian side."

Some including French foreign minister Laurent Fabius have said they fear the convoy could be an attempt by Moscow to install a permanent presence in Ukraine.

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