13 including two children, killed in Ukraine rebel city clashes

Thirteen people including two children were killed Sunday in fierce clashes in the key insurgent holdout of Gorlivka in east Ukraine where government troops are battling rebel fighters, local authorities said.

"As a result of military actions in Gorlivka 13 people have died, among them two children of one and five," the Donetsk regional administration said in a statement, adding that operations by medical teams in the crucial insurgent base, a city of some 250,000 around 45 kilometres north of Donetsk, were hampered by "constant shooting".