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Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Loud explosions and artillery fire rocked Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite attempts to negotiate an end to a battle that is undermining a ceasefire in regions held by separatists. A Reuters reporter near the strategically important airport saw flashes of artillery fire in several places and heard frequent blasts in new...

Heavy shelling in Ukraine city

Heavy shelling in Ukraine city

There has been intense artillery bombardment overnight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The BBC's Daryna Mayer in the city said the shelling was the worst in more than a month, lasting almost eight hours. She said it appeared to be coming from both rebel and government positions. The fighting comes a day after monitors...

Ukraine Crisis

Fighting threatens truce

Fighting around two flashpoint cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday rattled a tenuous truce between government troops and pro-Russian rebels less than 48 hours after it came into force. Insurgent militias bombarded a government-held checkpoint on the eastern edge of the port city of Mariupol overnight, local officials said, killing one woman and triggering panic among residents. Artillery fire was also heard near the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, AFP correspondents said, with the Ukrainian government accusing separatist gunmen of trying to...

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider fresh sanctions against Russia following accusations that its troops are fighting inside Ukraine. Russia denies that its regular forces are backing a rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine. But ahead of the summit, EU officials said a clear message must be sent to Russia to de-escalate the...

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched an incursion into south-east Ukraine. Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The US State Department said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was under way. Russia has repeatedly denied arming...

'Shelling hits' rebel-held Donetsk

'Shelling hits' rebel-held Donetsk

Heavy shelling has been heard in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk as a Russian convoy approaches the Ukrainian border. Initial reports say people poured out of offices in the centre of the city after an evacuation warning sounded. Donetsk has been surrounded for several weeks by Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russian rebels. Meanwhile, more than 100...

Ukraine rebels 'destroy MH17 clues'

Ukraine rebels 'destroy MH17 clues'

Ukraine has accused pro-Russian rebels of trying to destroy evidence of "international crimes" at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane. The government said the rebels led by Russia were preventing international representatives and its own experts from starting their investigation. It is believed flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a surface-to-air missile...

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say. A unit was attacked near the town of Kramatorsk by about 30 heavily-armed rebels, the defence ministry said. One rebel is also said to have died. Correspondents say this is the most serious loss of life for the government...

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