FXStreet (Łódź) - Tensions is Ukraine do not subside at the beginning of the week, with the Ukrainian military reporting that a refugee bus convoy has been struck by a missile. The attack, which took place close to the city of Luhansk, has most probably been carried out by Russian separatists, although their leader denies the accusations.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said that nine Ukrainian troops have been killed in clashes with separatists over the last 24 hours. He stressed that Russia amassed 45000 troops on the border with Ukraine.

The talks on the situation in Ukraine held between foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on Sunday failed to bring an agreement on a ceasefire.

"Our Ukrainian counterparts, unfortunately, continue setting conditions - and rather vague ones at that - including, as they say, the establishment of an impenetrable border," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Nevertheless, he informed that an agreement between Russia, Ukraine and the Red Cross was struck on the issue of the controversial Russian aid convoy to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been invited to hold talks on the Ukraine situation in Kiev on Saturday.

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