Fighting over 'in hours' says new president

Newly elected Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.
Newly elected Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Credit: Reuters

New Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said a robust military campaign in the eastern city of Donetsk should stop fighting in the city 'in a matter of hours.'

The total death toll since Monday now stands at 40, according to the city's Mayor.

Fighting to gain control of Donetsk's airport has raged for two days and the city's hockey stadium was also set on fire when rebels stormed it. The fire is now under control.

The home venue of the ice hockey club "Donbass" on fire in Donetsk.
The home venue of the ice hockey club "Donbass" on fire in Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

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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.