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Ukraine forces clash with rebels around major airport

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:30 PM
 
A pro-Russian militia man from the "Russian Orthodox Army" stands at a check point near the airport in Donetsk city on June 10, 2014. Intense battles raged on Friday, July 11, 2014, around the airport in the main stronghold of pro-Kremlin insurgents as Ukraine's new leader laid out tough terms for a ceasefire demanded by his European allies and Russia. -- PHOTO: AFP

DONETSK (AFP) - Intense battles raged on Friday around the airport in the main stronghold of pro-Kremlin insurgents as Ukraine's new leader laid out tough terms for a ceasefire demanded by his European allies and Russia.

An AFP team outside Donetsk International Airport - a gleaming hub shuttered since coming under a bloody rebel attack at the end of May - saw exchanges of fire and an anti-aircraft missile being shot at a Ukrainian military jet.

"Here we go again. This is just like yesterday," said one vendor from a nearby outdoor market as dozens of people looked nervously up at the cloudy sky.

"Everything is shutting down," said another man in his fifties who was preparing to escape across the border to Russia with his daughters and grandchildren.

 
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