'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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Ukrainian forces inflict heavy losses on Donetsk rebels

A heavily armed pro-Russian rebel mans a newly erected barricade on the airport road of Donetsk, Ukraine. Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine's military continue to fight with pro-Russian rebel groups around the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk today, as the government vowed to continue its assault "until not a single terrorist" was left. Rebels said more than 50 of their fighters have been killed.

Read: Death toll in battle of Donetsk reaches 50, rebels say

The mayor of Donetsk said the death toll in the clashes, which started yesterday, was more than 48 last night, including two civilians.

Images from Donetsk hospital morgue show 20 bodies in combat fatigues, some of which have missing limbs.

A shot out Kamaz truck seen near Donetsk airport. Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine used airstrikes and a paratroop assault on Monday to clear the barricades erected around Donetsk airport, and have pushed back the pro-Russian fighters.

Read: Ukrainian military launches strike on Donetsk airport

Interior minister Arsen Avakov told reporters in Kiev: "The airport is completely under control. The adversary suffered heavy losses. We have no losses."

Bloodsatined icon of Jesus seen among items shattered from a Kamaz truck, similar to that used by pro-Russian rebels. Credit: Reuters

First deputy prime minister Vitaly Yarema said: "We'll continue the anti-terrorist operation until not a single terrorist remains on the territory of Ukraine."

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