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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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Report: Chief rebel in Ukraine's Luhansk resigns

The head of pro-Russian rebel group in Ukraine's Luhansk region has resigned, Russian media has reported.

Valery Bolotov, head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, speaks during a news briefing in a regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Valery Bolotov, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, is the second senior separatist official to resign in a week.

The chief separatist in neighbouring Donetsk region, Aleksandar Borodai, announced he was stepping down last week.

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