Ukraine: Military Retakes Donetsk Airport

The Ukrainian military announced that its forces have successfully regained control of the Donetsk airport. The Ukrainian military has long laid siege to the airport, which for months has been the sight of intensive fighting between separatist militias and Ukrainian military. The latest spat of intense fighting has seemingly shaken the last bastions of separatist resistance loose, as rebel groups have thus far refrained from confirming their control of the airport. The Ukrainian military has suffered 36 casualties in the past 24 hours.

The fight to regain the airport has been defended as in accordance with the Minsk ceasefire negotiated weeks ago by Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine’s military stated that the actions surrounding the airport have been undertaken on “their side of the disengagement line,” and thus do not constitute a violation of the already broken down peace talks. The reengagement of violence by both sides suggests that an end to the conflict is far from within sight. Fighting has resumed throughout Donetsk and Luthansk, and with it increasingly strong rhetoric has emanated from the Kremlin, warning Kiev of making a “serious strategic mistake.”

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