Six civilians have been killed in fighting in Lugansk over the past 24 hours, the Lugansk City Council's press service said on Sunday.
Ukrainian law enforcement units have assumed a large-scale offensive on Lugansk, the militia said.
According to the Donetsk People's Republic, Ukraine's heavy artillery shelled Donetsk all night long. Donetsk residential areas yet again came under Ukrainian army's attack.
Ukraine's heavy artillery shelled Donetsk all night long, the militia of the Donetsk People's Republic said. "The cannonade continued all through the night until 8 am. The sound of explosions was coming from all parts of Donetsk," Southeast Front spokesman Konstantin Knyrik told Interfax. "Immediate reports indicate that Grad launchers were used. Reports about casualties are being verified," Knyrik said.
The death toll from a Ukrainian attack on a miners’ village near the Trudovskaya coal mine in a suburb of Donetsk has risen to 12, the Donetsk city administration reports.
Israeli strikes on Gaza killed a teenage boy and a woman on Sunday, medics said, raising the overall death toll to 165 as the punishing air campaign entered its sixth day. According to emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, one strike on the northern town of Jabaliya struck a house, killing a 14-year-old boy. Shortly afterwards, another strike killed a woman in the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, he said.
Militants seized part of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah Sunday in fighting that killed six people, an official said, as a new drive towards the capital entered its third day.
"There was fighting in the vicinity of Metallist (a village near Lugansk). A shelling was reported. One woman was injured and some households were damaged," the representative of the Lugansk People's Republic’s press service told RIA Novosti.
About 30 civilians have been killed in an artillery attack on Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the defense minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a press conference on Saturday. "We know about 30 dead are people but not all ruins have been cleared yet. So there might be more. Militia sites were not affected by the shelling. There are no losses among our fighters," Strelkov said at a press conference on Saturday.
About 300 law enforces have recently defected as a result of the shelling of the Donetsk airport by the militia, Minister of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic Igor Strelkov said at a briefing.
Shelling of the district center of Maryinka on the outskirts of Donetsk defended by the militia has resumed, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports Saturday. Earlier, it was reported that on Friday evening and on the night of Saturday, the Ukrainian army bombarded Maryinka, where the militia is deployed. At least four civilians were killed. Now, the city has no water. Bombs have also hit residential five-story buildings.
About one hundred people came to the Fontaine des Innocents in central Paris on Friday evening to take part in an action for peace in Ukraine. The rally was dedicated to the memory of children who are killed in the zone of combat operation in Ukraine’s eastern regions. Participants - residents of Ukraine, Russia and France - were holding candles and photos of children killed or wounded amidst the hostilities in Ukraine. Slogans in Ukrainian, Russian and French read "Stop the War," "Say No to Inhumanity."
Foreign Minister of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd by nationality, has confirmed that the Kurdish political bloc had ceased its activities in the government in response to accusations by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Reuters reports Friday. "We've ceased our activities in the government," said Zebari, stating that Kurdish Ministers have ceased their work in his ministry, as well as in the ministries of migration, health and the office of the Prime Minister.
Russia will closely track the results of the Ukrainian investigation of the tragedy in Odessa on May 2, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov told OSCE during the presentation of the White Book on human rights violations in Ukraine during the recent conflict.
Iraq has warned the UN that ISIS rebels have seized about 40kg (88lb) nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul, Reuters repots citing a letter of Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammed Ali Alhakim. According to Reuters it has obtained on Wednesday July 8 a letter of Iraqi official to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
Ministry of Defense has confirmed the use of air aviation during the shelling of self-defense forces near Lugansk airport. Kiev admitted the use of military aircraft during a military operation in the south-east of Ukraine. This was reported on the official website of the Ministry of Defense.
The chairman of Russia's State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin, argues that Ukrainian government's military operation in eastern Ukraine threatens to deprive the country of its sovereignty.
Clashes between Ukrainian government forces and militia are taking place on Wednesday evening near the Lugansk airport controlled by the Ukrainian army.
Ukrainian government does not have the right to ignore international humanitarian standards during the armed conflict in the country’s southeast, the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council said.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, on Wednesday. The ministers discussed settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. "The French minister emphasized the ongoing aggravation of the situation in the southeastern regions of the country, while acknowledging that in practice the authorities in Kiev have departed from the agreements reached by the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany in Berlin on July 2, 2014," the statement said.