The claim by separatists that they have seized the airport may have been premature. Kyiv has sent reinforcements and an intense battle continues.
Fresh fighting at Donetsk airport as rebels attempt to recapture complex
The battle for the crippled Donetsk airport has intensified once again, as pro-Russian rebels renewed attempts to break the Ukrainian forces grip on the complex. At least six people were killed as explosions and heavy gunfire rung out across the airport, which has long ceased functioning after months of conflict. With peace talks on ice, Kiev rushed troops to the airport which holds symbolic value for both sides in the conflict. Ukraine maintained that they held onto its position, contrary to rebel statements that they had taken control of the site.