Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch bloody offensive

World leaders ramped up pressure on Moscow Sunday to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from embarking on a major new offensive in eastern Ukraine after rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held port.

Ukraine rebels vow new offensive as rockets kill 30

 Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine announced a major new offensive Saturday after heavy rocket fire killed at least 30 people in the government-held port of Mariupol, sparking international calls for Moscow to stop backing the separatists.

Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly rocket attack in Ukraine`s government-held port of Mariupol on Saturday and denounced "provocative statements" made by pro-Russian separatist fighters.

EU mulls emergency meeting over Russia-Ukraine conflict

The European Union is considering an emergency meeting to discuss the Russia-Ukraine conflict after rocket attacks killed at least 30 people in Ukraine`s strategic Maruipol port on Saturday.

Kerry urges Russia to `immediately` end support for Ukraine separatists

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called on Russia to "immediately" stop backing Ukrainian separatists after at least 30 people were killed in the strategic port of Mariupol in a major escalation of the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Rockets fired on Ukraine`s Mariupol from rebel territory: OSCE

Heavy rockets that killed at least 30 people on Saturday in Ukraine`s government-held port of Mariupol were fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels, international monitors said.

Ukraine rebels announce new offensive as rockets kill 30
Ukraine rebels announce new offensive as rockets kill 30

Pro-Kremlin rebels announced a major new offensive on Saturday after heavy rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held Ukrainian port linking separatist territory with Russian-occupied Crimea.

At least 20 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's Mariupol: Minister

At least 20 people died Saturday when rockets hit Ukraine`s strategic government-held port of Mariupol in the wake of Russian-backed rebels` rejection of peace talks, Ukraine`s interior minister said.

Ukraine Rockets kill 21 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes on Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 21 people, authorities said.

Rockets kill 10 after rebels reject Ukraine truce

At least 10 people died Saturday when rockets pelted a market in a vital port linking Ukrainian rebel lands with Russian-occupied Crimea after the pro-Moscow insurgents vowed to grab more land.

10 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's Mariupol: Police

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.

At least 10 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine`s Mariupol: Police

At least 10 people died 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.

EU calls for political solution to Ukraine conflict

 The European Union (EU) called on Russia and Ukraine to take efforts to come up with a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian rebels reject Ukraine peace deal, launch offensive
Pro-Russian rebels reject Ukraine peace deal, launch offensive

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal and announced a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops.

EU tells Moscow to `assume its responsibility` in Ukraine war

The European Union called Friday on Moscow to "assume its responsibility" in ending the separatist war in Ukraine.

Rebel leader warns of offensive against Ukraine

Alexandr Zakharchenko, leader of independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Friday said the rebel forces were going to step up offensive on Ukrainian positions to capture more government-controlled territories, Xinhua reported.

NATO chief ready to meet Russia's Lavrov in February

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he was ready to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov next month in Munich, as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine death toll may be far higher than known 5,000: UN

The known death toll in the Ukraine conflict that began last April now exceeds 5,000 and may be far higher, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

Indians urged to leave Ukraine's Lugansk, Donetsk areas as security deteriorates
Indians urged to leave Ukraine's Lugansk, Donetsk areas as security deteriorates

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.

'Ukraine separatists to press on with offensive'

Pro-Russian separatists will press on with a military offensive in east Ukraine and will not initiate ceasefire talks with the Ukrainian authorities, their leader was quoted as saying on Friday.