The shockwave from a powerful explosion at a Donetsk chemical plant could be felt kilometres away at a press conference held by pro-Russian rebels in the region.
There were no immediate reports of casualties although Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena was damaged by the blast.
Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite a truce agreed on September 5th.
Those who have fled the violence fear the approach of winter, where temperatures dip below zero for weeks on end.
Volodmyr, a Donetsk resident explains that he has no other choice but to stay in the basement of this abandoned hospital: “We have nowhere to go, we have no money and no work. Pensioners are not receiving their pensions. Our flat has been completely destroyed. We have no windows, no doors. The building has no roof, everything was burnt out.”
Soldiers returning from months of defending Donetsk airport received a heroes’ welcome in Mykolaiv. The airport has been the arena of some of the most intense fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.
Human rights group Amnesty international says there is evidence of atrocities committed by both sides fighting in eastern Ukraine, but added it was not on the scale reported by Russia.