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's president calls for rebels to withdraw

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet Russia's Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko said he would ask for the pro-Russian rebels to be withdrawn from Ukraine, according to the presidential website.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko Credit: Reuters

Mr Poroshenko is scheduled to see Mr Putin in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26 at a meeting that will also include top leaders of the European Union and of the Russian-led Customs Union.

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