A large group of Ukrainian tanks and armored army took position about 23 kilometers south of Donetsk, a major city in eastern taken by the rebels. The military column of a mile long, has advanced in the last hours without going into combat, after arriving Wednesday to Mariupol. In addition, as reported by the Ukrainian armed soldiers, several excavators have dug trenches at the point where they meet, near the village of Olenivka.

After regaining last weekend Slaviansk city, government forces Kiev want to continue their offensive to “liberate” Donetsk and Lugansk. The Ukrainian army is trying to surround both locations controlled by the insurgents. A spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior, Stanislav Rechinsky has calculated that the military operation in eastern Chad will last ” about a month.” Speaking to state television collected by France Presse, Rechinsky has stated that ” there will be no air or artillery attacks.”

Fears of a military assault against unfettered two cities have intensified European efforts to mediate the conflict. The leaders of Russia, Germany and France have agreed on the need for ” rapid renewal of the ceasefire” according to the press office of the Kremlin citing telephone contacts between representatives of the three states.

The armed conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has killed 478 civilians in three months, as announced Thursday the Deputy Minister of Health, Vasili Lazorishinets, in a press conference. “173 soldiers have diedand other 446 injured,” he added. Furthermore, there are no reliable and comparable figures of casualties among pro-Russian militias.

On Thursday, three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 27 wounded in new clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, as reported Kiev. One of the last deceased servicemen killed by an “ambush” of  vehicle Muratova near Lugansk. The attack, perpetrated by rebels with automatic weapons, occurred late Wednesday and also caused three injuries. In addition, two other soldiers were killed and six others have been injured when the armored vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a mine in the vicinity of Chervona Zorya, near the city of Donetsk.

Meanwhile, Russia has declared Thursday a state of emergency in six southern regions of the country by the large number of refugees arriving from Ukraine. “In regions of Rostov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Stavropol, republic of Kalmykia and the city of Sebastopol – annexed by Moscow ” has listed Russian Deputy Emergencies Vladimir Artamonov, at a meeting in the upper house of Parliament.

The Russian leader said Wednesday as that in 306 temporary camps hosting refugees was 19,800, while 127 Ukrainian citizens have received medical care in a mobile hospital deployed in the Russian city of Donetsk region of Rostov.

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