At least 10 people died on Saturday when heavy rockets fell on residential districts of Ukraine's strategic government-held port of Mariupol in the wake of Russian-backed rebels' rejection of peace talks.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday 'strongly urged' Indians, especially students, to leave Ukraine's strife-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions in view of the deteriorating security situation there.
Pro-Russian separatists Thursday paraded around 20 captive Ukrainian soldiers through the streets of the rebel stronghold city of Donetsk in a humiliating display hours after 13 people died in a horrendous trolleybus shelling.
Russian-backed insurgents on Tuesday assaulted the remnants of a Ukrainian force hanging onto a ruined airport near the rebels` main stronghold as Moscow poured cold water on the prospect of peace talks.
As Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels continue to be mired in an intense conflict with heavy artillery fire being exchanged around Donetsk airport, concerns over civilians getting caught up in the crossfire have mounted.
Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels threatened civilians in central Donetsk on Monday, with shelling hitting a hospital and warnings of insurgents launching attacks from residential areas
Pro-Russian separatists and government forces clashed near the main airport in Donetsk on Monday after a counter-offensive on Sunday by Ukrainian troops to reclaim lost ground and the Kiev military said three Ukrainian soldiers had been killed.
Ukraine rushed tanks to the front lines and claimed on Sunday to have cleared pro-Russian rebels from most of Donetsk airport after days of intense fighting, with heavy shelling shaking the key eastern city.
Ukraine's president vowed today to reassert government control over eastern regions as the army unleashed a counter-offensive against Russian-backed separatist fighters vying for command over the airport in the city of Donetsk.