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Ukraine rebels patrol destroyed airport

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:35

Ukrainian separatists patrol the destroyed terminal at Donetsk airport which is littered with the dead bodies of government soldiers, as shelling is heard despite a shaky ceasefire. Mana Rabiee reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES You'd never think that shell of a building was once an airport terminal. But last year, the international airport near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk was alive with activity. Today, the bombed out buildings and burned out vehicles are mute reminders of the pitched battles that went on here between government forces and armed rebels. There is SOME activity. A few separatists patrol the destroyed terminal, littered with the dead bodies of Ukrainian soldiers. Some of the walls are scrawled with the names of soldiers and the army units they served in. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UNIDENTIFIED REBEL, SAYING: "There are lots of dead bodies under the rubble here. Mainly over there. They are just buried there. We offered them to surrender three times, but they refused." Despite a shaky ceasefire deal, the sound of shelling isn't very far. Artillery fire was heard coming towards rebel positions from the direction of a government front-line stronghold. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UNIDENTIFIED REBEL, SAYING: "(AUDIO OF SHELLING) Did you hear that? That is coming from over there, from that side. Now it will land somewhere over there." Both sides accuse each other on a daily basis of breaking a European-brokered truce, but Tuesday's shelling appeared more intense than in previous days. Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine others wounded from rebel shelling on government positions. The military's highest casualty toll in several days.

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Ukraine rebels patrol destroyed airport

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:35