Ukrainian Helicopters Strike Donetsk Airport Terminal

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Reuters
Three Ukrainian helicopter gunships mounted a heavy attack on the rebel-held international airport terminal at Donetsk on Monday, firing rockets and cannon and throwing out decoy flares as militants shot at them from the ground.

Three Ukrainian helicopter gunships mounted a heavy attack on the rebel-held international airport terminal at Donetsk on Monday, firing rockets and cannon and throwing out decoy flares as militants shot at them from the ground.

A Reuters photographer watched the Mi-24 helicopters rake the recently built, concrete-and-glass building of Sergei Prokofiev International Airport and also strike targets near the runway, sending up a new plume of heavy, black smoke.

A battle for the airport had been under way for some three hours in a fierce and dramatic confrontation just a day after Ukraine elected a new president, Petro Poroshenko.