With over 40,000 ceasefire violations being recorded every month, the conflict between pro-Russia separatists and EU-backed government forces shows no signs of abating.
Clashes kill eight people overnight and briefly trap more than 200 coal miners underground in eastern Ukraine.
The 2008 promise to Ukraine regarding NATO membership remains as distant as ever with some in the US-led military alliance and the European Union seeking a softer stance towards Russia.
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