Ukrainian forces almost lose Donetsk airport

2015-01-22 15:12
People ride a Ukrainian tank past a damaged vehicle in the village of Tonenke, some 5km from the Donetsk airport. (Oleksandr Stashevskiy, AFP)

People ride a Ukrainian tank past a damaged vehicle in the village of Tonenke, some 5km from the Donetsk airport. (Oleksandr Stashevskiy, AFP)

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Donetsk - Ukrainian forces have all but abandoned Donetsk airport after months of bitter battle, although military officials continue to insist they hold part of the terminal.

The Defence Ministry said on Thursday that six soldiers had died over the previous day of fighting for the airport, which lies on the northern edge of the Russian-backed separatists' stronghold.

Russian television reporters on Wednesday toured the airport building and showed the bodies of killed Ukrainian soldiers.

Fighting for the airport peaked over the weekend, shattering the relative tranquillity in place since a new truce was reached in early December.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 4 700 people since April, according to UN estimates.

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