Ukraine rebels 'to raise 100,000 men'

Monday, 02 February 2015 - 18:31

Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko has announced plans to recruit 100,000 men, as fighting with Ukrainian forces intensifies.

The separatists are trying to capture the key town of Debaltseve, while central areas of rebel-held Donetsk have been hit by artillery fire.

Dozens of civilians were killed on both sides of the front line at the weekend.

Hundreds of civilians have been moved out of Debaltseve amid reports that the separatists have reached the outskirts of the town.