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Fighting rages on in eastern Ukraine city, dozens dead

Published on May 27, 2014 6:08 PM
 

DONETSK, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Ukrainian forces fought with separatists in the city of Donetsk for a second day on Tuesday after inflicting heavy losses on the rebels and the government vowed to press on with a military offensive "until not a single terrorist" was left.

Pro-Russian rebels said more than 50 of their fighters had been killed. The mayor of Donetsk, an industrial hub in eastern Ukraine, said the death toll in the clashes which erupted on Monday stood at 40, including two civilians.

A Reuters correspondent counted 20 bodies in combat fatigues in one room of a hospital morgue, some of them missing limbs.

Ukraine used air strikes and a paratroop assault on Monday to clear rebels from Donetsk's international airport and had pushed the separatists out of the complex by the end of the day.

A woman looks at her building destroyed as a result of Monday's combat of Ukrainian troops with pro-Russia separatists near the International airport in Donetsk on May 27, 2014. Ukrainian forces fought with separatists in the city of Donetsk for a second day on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, after inflicting heavy losses on the rebels and the government vowed to press on with a military offensive "until not a single terrorist" was left. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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