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Updated on: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 04:32 AM IST

Pro-Russian Rebels Claim To Control Donetsk Airport

A woman looks out from a broken window in a hospital, which was damaged after shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk. |

A woman looks out from a broken window in a hospital, which was damaged after shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk. |

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The Separatist Stronghold Was Shaken By Heavy Outgoing And Incoming Artillery Fire

Donetsk : Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine claimed that they have seized control of the Donetsk airport after days of intense fighting. Ukrainian officials have not confirmed a retreat, reports AP.

 “All attempts of Ukrainian army to take the airport and to get revenge for the defeat of the last year… have failed,” rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said at a press conference today in Donetsk.

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He accused Ukraine of using rocket and artillery fire with an intensity that rebel forces had “never experienced it before.”

The separatist stronghold was shaken by heavy outgoing and incoming artillery fire over the weekend as a battle raged for the air terminal and surrounding areas.

Sporadic explosions could still be heard from the direction of the airport early today.      Ukrainian officials did not confirm the retreat.

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Yuriy Biryukov, an adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, wrote on his official Facebook account early Monday that wounded soldiers had been evacuated from the air terminal overnight, but did not say how many troops had remained.

“We will not abandon our own, nobody has forgotten them,” he wrote. “Everything will be (ours), but just not right away. We are learning.”   The UN estimates that more than 4,700 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since April.

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Published on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 12:59 AM IST
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