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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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Pro-Russian rebel leader Igor Strelkov resigns

Igor Strelkov, leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, has reportedly stepped down. Credit: Reuters

Pro-Russian separatist leader Igor Strelkov has resigned, the rebel group Donetsk Republic said on its website.

It said Vladimir Kononov would replace Strelkov as the new military commander.

Strelkov's resignation is the third change at top of the rebel leadership in the past week.

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