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Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian army battle for Donetsk airport

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Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian army battle for Donetsk airport

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A fuel reservoir billows black smoke over Donetsk airport, as separatists battle the Ukrainian army for control of the strategic base.

The pro-Russian rebels claim the airport is 95% under their control, but a Ukrainian military spokesperson said it was still in government hands.

Despite of an official truce, fighting continues in the east of Ukraine – ten people were killed on Wednesday when shells struck near a school and a mini-bus shelter in Donetsk.

The battle for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents attempt to capture the strategic point used by the Ukrainian army to reinforce its forward positions.