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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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Ukraine carries out checks on Russian aid envoy

The Russian aid envoy is yet to officially cross into Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian border guards have begun checks on a convoy of Russian trucks carrying aid supplies to the east of the country, the border guards service said.

Spokesman Andriy Demchenko told Reuters: "I can confirm that the Ukrainian side began border-customs formalities relating to the Russian humanitarian cargo."

But he said that at this point the cargo was still in Russian territory.

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