Ukraine fights off attack on Donetsk airport by pro-Russia forces

Smoke rises from Donetsk international airport during battles between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Russian rocket launchers seen moving through eastern city as Ukraine’s PM says his country is in ‘stage of war’ with Russia

Ukraine’s military says it has successfully defended the government-held airport in Donetsk from an attack by pro-Russia rebels.

A large plume of black smoke hung over the airport after it came under artillery fire late on Friday, in one of the biggest battles since a fragile ceasefire was declared.

Continuous rocketfire could be heard overnight in the city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russia forces. City officials said shells had hit residential buildings near the airport, although no casualties were reported.

A column of three Russian multiple rocket launchers was seen moving freely through Donetsk on Saturday morning.

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  1. Nicholas Olson

    The militia in Donetsk has captured a wide range of weapons from the Ukr army, and of course like all Ukrainian armament it is Russian made. The anti-fascist forces are not being supplied with heavy weapons or tanks contrary to the western media reports. The huge losses which poroshenko has suffered from his so called ATO has needed an excuse so he blames Russia rather than acknowledge the truth of his own military incompetence.