Dozens Dead in Donetsk Airport Clash

    Perople react as a man attempts to revive another, wounded as a result of fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 26, 2014. A fierce battle erupted on May 26 for control of the main airport in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, just hours after president-elect Petro Poroshenko vowed he would not let the country become another Somalia. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV        (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ukraine has reclaimed the international airport in the eastern city of Donetsk and exacted a bloody price from pro-Russian separatists for seizing it. Militants stormed Sergei Prokofiev Donetsk Airport early Monday, and Ukraine  launched airstrikes in response. On Tuesday, Ukraine’s interior ministry announced that the airport was back under its control. Separatists reported at least 30 casualties on their side. Kiev reported no military deaths. The mayor of Donestk appeared on local TV claiming at least 40 people in total died. The bloody clash follows the presidential election of Petro Poroshenko, who vowed he would deal with “terrorists” in eastern Ukraine “within hours, not months.”

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