Russian thugs thrown out of the airport in Donetsk.
DONETSK, Ukraine — This city erupted with the din of war on Monday, as the Ukrainian military used fighter jets, helicopters and artillery in what appeared to be a successful attempt to rid the airport of separatist fighters who seized it in the aftermath of national elections that seemed to marginalize them.
Fighter jets screamed and automatic gunfire popped throughout the afternoon as Ukrainian soldiers fought a ground battle around the airport against the separatists, who have taken over two eastern Ukrainian provinces.
After fighting that lasted into a rainy evening, the military appeared to have evicted the separatists from the airport, cordoning off the area with roadblocks. The airport remained closed.
There was no immediate indication that the Ukrainian offensive extended further than the strategically important airport area.