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Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 15:27

Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev`s permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels.

Clashes kill 34 civilians in Ukraine`s Donetsk region: Official

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 16:55

Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels has killed 34 civilians over the past 24 hours in east Ukraine`s Donetsk region, local authorities said Wednesday.

Ukraine maternity ward nurtures new life as the shells fall

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 16:54

In a Ukrainian city stalked by death, Tatyana Makarchuk, the director of Donetsk Maternity Hospital No. 3, is making sure that new life can survive.

Beers, ducks and talk of war on Donetsk beach

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 09:38

As a shell explodes close by in the twilight on Donetsk`s beach, everyone falls silent for a moment. Then the chatter about where it fell and who fired it starts again.

Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 22:03

Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

`Dozens` killed in rebel strike on refugee convoy: Ukraine

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:21

Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of killing dozens of civilians fleeing the war-torn east on Monday, as crisis talks between Kiev and Moscow failed to halt months of bloodshed.

Ukrainian forces press rebels in overnight fighting: Military

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 13:47

A military statement said it suspected the rebels had fired back with a powerful Russian-made Uragan missile system south east of Donetsk near the village of Novokaterinivka, their first use of the weapon. 

Donetsk rebel leader appeals for Russian aid

Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 00:40

The rebel republic has seen some leadership changes recently.

Russian aid convoy checked; military vehicles mass near Ukraine

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 15:40

Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed on Friday near the border with Ukraine, while Ukrainian border guards crossed the frontier to inspect a huge Russian aid convoy.

11 civilians killed in rebel-held Donetsk: Officials

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 13:47

Shelling killed 11 civilians and wounded eight more over the past 24 hours in the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities said.

Russia seeks Ukraine truce to allow passage of aid convoy

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:46

Russia has asked Ukraine`s government and the ethnic-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country to suspend hostilities to ensure safe passage for a convoy carrying humanitarian aid for residents in the conflict zone.

Rebel forces unravel as Ukraine military cuts off key stronghold

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:33

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have suffered dramatic setbacks after top military chiefs quit and Kiev`s forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.