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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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Putin: Russia does not want war or confrontation

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation from the outside world.

Speaking to members of parliament in Crimea he added: "We need to consolidate and mobilise but not for war or any kind of confrontation ... for hard work in the name of Russia."

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