'More than 50 killed' in Donetsk fighting

Pro-Russian rebels have said the death toll during two days of fighting in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk has now risen to 50. Ukraine's military launched a strike on rebels who had taken the international airport in the eastern city.

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Poroshenko will never recognise 'Crimea occupation'

Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, set to be the new president after today's election, said he would never recognise Russia's "occupation of Crimea" and ruled out negotiating with separatists.

Petro Poroshenko took a hard line on Ukraine's relations with Russia. Credit: Reuters

Asked about relations with Russia, he said the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Ukraine were paramount for him.

The confectionery tycoon also ruled out negotiations with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country until they put down their weapons.

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