WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Battle for control of Donetsk’s international airport rages on as Kiev’s ATO says Russian special forces aiding separatists in months-long siege, Spetsnaz retreat with “significant losses” after weekend assault, shelling from both sides continues; Ukrainian government forces unable to hold 409-kilometer stretch of border with Russia, Kremlin rotating regular troops, mercenaries in and out of Ukraine, still shipping weapons to Donbass rebels; “terrorists” defy farcical cease-fire, use artillery, MRLs to hit army positions 41 times overnight throughout Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts; Ukrainian troops build anti-tank defenses along border with Russian-occupied Crimea; Russian warships training in North Sea, enter English Channel, anchor in France’s Bay of the Seine; Rada elects new speaker after Oct. 26 election, Grojsman allied with pro-West President Poroshenko
December 1, 2014
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Pictured above: Holding out against Kremlin-backed separatists, Ukrainian troops fly the flag over the shattered terminal of Donetsk’s Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, on September 1, 2014.
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Flashback: Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) 45th Special Purpose (Spetsnaz) Regiment spearheads takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on February 27, 2014 (source)