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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Ukraine: At least one dead as artillery shells hit Donetsk

At least one person was killed as artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine's separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time.

It was not immediately clear if the artillery was fired by government or rebel forces.

A woman walks past a building damaged by a recent shelling in Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

Two shells landed 200 metres (660 feet) from the Park Inn Radisson, one of the city's main hotels, shattering windows.

A woman walks past a building damaged by a recent shelling in Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian troops have been slowly encircling Donetsk, the regional hub with a peace-time population of nearly a million.

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