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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Ukraine: 'Russian military equipment coming in'

Fresh Russian military equipment has been seen coming into Ukraine from Russia in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian military spokesperson said.

Russian military vehicles drive along the road near the border with Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

The equipment reportedly included three Grad missile system.

Russian drones had violated Ukrainian air space on 10 occasions, the spokesperson said.

Ukrainian rebels said earlier they were receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia. A separatist leader said in a video statement they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces.

Russia has previously denied arming the rebels.

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