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Ukrainian Air Strikes

May 27, 2014 by  

Ukrainian Air Strikes, Flights were suspended at the request of the rebels, who were demanding that troops from a small Ukrainian garrison, who have secured the perimeter of the airport since the beginning of the crisis, lay down their weapons.

But government forces launched a counter-attack against the rebels at about noon, reportedly deploying troops borne by helicopter.

Heavy machinegun fire and explosions from high explosive rounds, mortars and grenade launchers rent the air as the hours-long battle spilt out of the airport and into nearby residential neighbourhoods.

The Daily Telegraph saw one dead civilian at the city’s main railway station, a mile and a half to the south, whom police said had been killed by stray fire from the battle.

Earlier, Mr Poroshenko, the businessman who won Sunday’s presidential election, had called for an intensification of the “anti-terrorist” operation in the region, although it was not clear whether he had ordered the attempt to retake the airport.

“The efficiency of the anti-terrorist operation will be sharply increased,” he said. “It shouldn’t last for months – it should take a few hours.”

Dmitry, a 19-year-old local who has joined the rebel fighters, said the Ukrainians deployed attack helicopters and jet fighters in the counter-attack.

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