"Today, at 6 am, they have started storming the Donetsk airporton by a broad front, with small arms. Earlier, the terrorists have repeatedly shelled the Ukrainian positions with tanks, Grads, artillery and mortars. They stormed the airport territory four times," the statement said.
According to the ATO headquarters, now the territory of the Donetsk airport is under control of the Ukrainian troops: "They bravely and professionally perform the tasks of guarding strategic facility."
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At the same time, last night the militants fired at the Ukrainian positions near the Krasnohorivka, Trudovske, Ridkodub, Nikishyne, Malorlivka, Hostra Mohyla. The situation in Mariupol is under controlled by the forces of the anti-terrorist operation.
"The decisions of the ATO Staff are aimed at building an effective line of defense, to minimize losses of personnel and equipment, as well as to gain advantage at particular operational areas," the press center added.
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