Ukraine rebels claim they control Donetsk airport after heavy fighting

January 19, 2015 6:15 PM

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Ukraine rebels claim they control Donetsk airport after heavy fighting

DONETSK, Ukraine – Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian government troops fought pitched battles Monday for control of Donetsk airport, while residential areas nearby were caught in intensive crossfire.

The airport, reduced to a hulking wreck by months of heavy fighting, has been the epicenter of hostilities due to its symbolic importance and strategic location on the edge of the main rebel-controlled city.

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