Russian shelling has set fire to the central market in Ukraine’s eastern city of Slovyansk, killing one person and injuring seven.
Mayor Vadym Lyakh says the city is being hit by Russian artillery salvoes from closer positions, as it becomes the conflict’s latest frontline.
He posted photos of the blaze on Facebook, describing massive shelling, and urging people to stay in shelters.
BBC reports say Russia is seeking to control all of the eastern industrial Donbas area.
The area comprises the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and President Vladimir Putin claims it to be part of Russia.
On Monday, Ukraine’s military says it had to pull out of Lysychansk, its last remaining stronghold in Luhansk, under intense Russian fire.