Ukrainian military 'launches strike on Donetsk airport'

Ukraine's military has launched an operation against rebels who have taken over the international airport in Donetsk, a security official has said.

Smoke rises from the international airport in Donetsk following clashes between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces. Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

A statement said paratroopers had landed at the airport following a strike by Ukrainian aircraft earlier.

The rebel gunmen are reported to have stormed the airport this morning in what may be a show of defiance following the Ukrainian presidential elections, which look likely to see victory for businessman Petro Poroshenko.

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'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.