Pro-Russian forces claim they have seized the Donetsk International Airport in eastern Ukraine.
Reports said the pro-Russian flag was raised over the airport building on Thursday, in spite of the seemingly ongoing battle.
The government in Kiev, however, has denied the claim, saying Ukrainian troops are still holding their positions.
Alexander Hug, the deputy head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which tries to broker peace talks between Kiev and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine, claimed pro-Russian forces’ attacks “attract counter-fire from positions opposite and other directions, which leads unfortunately to repeated civilian casualties and damage for infrastructure.”
The pro-Russian leader in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said, “We will not just give up our land.” He stressed that their operations would continue until they recapture all the territory lost to the troops of Ukraine.
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