Ukrainian troops take southeastern Luhansk, defence minister tells president

KIEV, July 18 Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:15pm EDT

KIEV, July 18 (Reuters) - Ukraine's defence minister told President Petro Poroshenko on Friday that Ukrainian troops had taken control of the southeastern part of the city of Luhansk in the country's east, a statement on the president's website said.

"The minister of defence, Valery Heletey, told President Petro Poroshenko that Ukrainian armed forces took control of the southeastern part of Luhansk," the statement said, adding that troops had also surrounded the airport. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)