Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported on Monday, the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect September 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his advisory Security Council discussed on Monday progress in the peace process in southeast Ukraine and the possible fall-out from Kiev`s pact with the European Union, RIA news agency reported.
The pro-Russian party that ruled Ukraine under ousted president Viktor Yanukovych said on Sunday it would boycott next month's parliamentary polls and form an "opposition government" to fight for regional powers and against Kiev's westward course.
Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers.
Ukraine`s non-aligned status is "a basic issue" for Moscow and efforts in Kiev to scrap it are an American-inspired bid to drive a wedge between Russia and Europe, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.
The investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is now focused on the 25 pieces of metal, recovered from bodies and debris from the ill-fated plane, to identify the missile that blew the plane apart.