More than 10 civilians and soldiers have been killed in rocket fire deep inside Ukrainian government-held territory on the eve of peace talks. The eastern headquarters of Ukraine’s military in Kramatorsk was hit as well as residential areas.
According to the BBC, urgent talks on ending the deadly conflict in Ukraine have begun on February 11th in the Belarusian capital Minsk, after a week of EU diplomacy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.
Russia has been accused of arming and reinforcing pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine – a claim it denies.
Brokering the ceasefire bid are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
The talks are set to focus on securing a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and creating a demilitarised zone.