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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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US: Russia convoy 'a flagrant violation' of sovereignty

The White House has called a Russian convoy's move into Ukraine a "flagrant violation" of the country's sovereignty and urged Russia to remove it or face more economic sanctions.

A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

White House deputy national security Ben Rhodes told reporters that sending the convoy into Ukraine adds to the escalation of the conflict "in a dangerous way."

The United States plans to discuss the situation with the UN Security Council later today, he added.

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