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 to set up military force in Crimea

President Vladimir Putin said Russia will establish a military task force in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine earlier this year, but said the presence would not be too heavy or costly.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is visiting Crimea. Credit: Reuters

"The Defence Ministry prepared ... a separate programme for the creation and development of military forces in Crimea. I approved this programme," Putin said on a visit to the Black Sea peninsula. "It will not be excessive, it will not be expensive."

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