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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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Russian convoy a 'violation of Ukraine's sovereignty'

The Pentagon has accused Russia of violating Ukraine's sovereignty by sending an aid convoy into the country, and warned that it must withdraw all vehicles and personnel "immediately".

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said in a press conference:

Russia should not send vehicles, persons or cargo of any kind into Ukraine, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without Kiev's express permission.

This is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia.

Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional cost and isolation.

– Rear Admiral John Kirby, pentagon

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