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Pro-Russian rebels parade seized Ukrainian troops

Pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine town of Donetsk paraded captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on both sides to engage in order to bring peace to Ukraine as she pledged €500 million to help rebuild the war-shattered eastern regions.

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First Russian aid convoy is 'allowed into Ukraine'

The aid convoy was dispatched from Moscow five days ago. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The first Russian aid envoy has been 'allowed into Ukraine,' Reuters reports.

After having passed through the Russia-Ukrainian border they trucks are now stationed in "no-man's land" between the two checkpoints.

The convoy has been stranded at the border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it was a ruse to invade the country.

Moscow denies the allegations and said it was keen to help alleviate a humanitarian disaster in the region. However, fighting continued in east Ukraine today killing five troops and injuring 21 others.

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