Fighting in restive eastern Ukraine has killed six Ukrainian servicemen, and injured a further 12, in the last 24 hours, as violence escalates ahead of ceasefire talks.
A Ukrainian journalist has been killed by shelling in the country’s restive eastern region, despite a standing ceasefire between the two sides.
Ukrainian government forces have began to withdraw from the key strategic town of Debaltseve, after intense fighting over the transport hub – despite an ongoing ceasefire deal.
Footage has emerged of a domestic television crew in eastern Ukraine being forced to flee from a huge explosion, after mortar fire hit a gas pipeline in the area.
Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine, particularly around the embattled town of Debaltseve, has threatened to undermine a ceasefire agreed between both sides.
A column of fifty tanks and 40 missile systems was reported crossing into eastern Ukraine from Russia overnight, as peace talks finished in success in Minsk.
At least eight people are dead and 60 injured, mostly civilians, after the Ukrainian military headquarters and a residential area were hit by heavy rocket fire in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.
At least nine servicemen have been killed in clashes between Kiev’s government forces and rebel separatists in eastern Ukraine.
At least three people have been killed and several others are injured after a hospital in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk was hit by a shell attack.
The key strategic town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine has been the scene of intense fighting and artillery bombardment between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.