"The situation report as at 18.20: The Donetsk airport is presently controlled by the ATO forces. The Militants used against the Ukrainian military smoke bombs during the storming of the old terminal and captured the first floor under their cover," the statement says.
"Our forces' counter-attack pushed the terrorists to the starting line. The Ukrainian troops continue to defend the strategic object at the moment. Part of the old terminal is on fire," the ATO headquarters noted.