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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Pro-Moscow rebels march POWs through Donetsk

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

Armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The POWs looked dirty and unshaven and bowed their heads as they passed. Some had bandaged arms and heads. They were guarded by rebel fighters with guns, their bayonets fixed.

Armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

People who came to watch the parade shouted "fascists!" and "murderers!" and some threw bottles at the POWs.

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