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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Russia, Ukraine and EU hold talks on trade agreements

Russia, Ukraine and the EU have agreed to hold talks to broker a trade deal which would help stabilise the situation in Ukraine, the EU said.

Turning on the gas supply into the Ukraine from Russia, which is currently cut off, will also be discussed.

A woman stands in Donetsk, which was hit by shelling earlier today. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the Commission said: "It was agreed to hold consultations between the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission on the issues related with the implementation of the (EU-Ukraine) Association Agreement as well as on the supply of gas, in parallel with the efforts to stabilise the political and security situation.

"The concrete arrangements for these talks will be further discussed through the appropriate diplomatic channels."

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