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Ukraine unrest : Overnight fighting closes Donetsk airport

Donetsk, May 28 (): The government forces and Pro-Russia separatists battled at the airport of the eastern Ukraine’s city, Donetsk, authorities said on Tuesday. This incident has claimed 40 lives, the officials added.

The interior ministry of Ukraine said one day after bloody clashes, the military is in complete control of the Donetsk airport. The insurgents said about 30 pro-Russia rebels have been killed, whereas Kiev said that the army had no casualties.

Around Tuesday noon, fighter jets restarted their journey over airport area and the shooting again started, signalling a repeated push that showed Ukrainian force did not control the area fully.

Earlier on Monday, the military had given a caution notice to the separatists to empty the airport and after announcement, they attacked the pro-Russia separatists around midday with fighter jets and using helicopters when they did not meet the terms.

The new President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko vowed to take hold of the “terrorists” in the east “within hours, not months”. Former foreign minister and 48-year-old billionaire, Poroshenko was formally declared the winner of the presidential election that was held on Sunday with 54% of the vote.

The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov called Mr Poroshenko on Tuesday to stop the military actions in eastern part of Ukraine quickly and then to implement a way for peace as negotiated on April 17 in Geneva.

While speaking in Moscow at a news conference, Sergei Lavrov said that a “real war” was about to take place in the eastern regions of Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk.

The regions declared independence after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in the wake of the removal of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych. However, Poroshenko has said he wanted to end the crisis by talking with Russia. Moscow also said it would accept the results of the election and involve in talks with Mr Poroshenko.

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