Ukraine Launches Airstrikes Against Militants

Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian government has launched an air strike on the airport on Donetsk just a day after that country’s presidential elections brought a pro-Western businessman to power.

The recently rebuilt airport had been seized by pro-Russian separatists earlier today, and they remained in place after a government-imposed deadline for them to vacate the premises.

Jessica Golloher, a freelance reporter in the region, joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson with the latest.

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