The airport here in this battle-scarred region of eastern Ukraine seems oblivious to the cease-fire brokered six weeks ago.

The battles between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces rage on at a place that has taken on greater significance in Ukraine with each passing day: It’s strategically important, to be sure, but interviews with the rebels and Ukrainian forces waging this war make it clear that Donetsk is about much more.

Cmdr. Mikhael “Givi” Sergeyevich Tolstikh, a rebel commander leading the fight around the Donetsk airport, says his forces will “hold the line” against Ukrainian forces whom he claimed were preparing an assault to retake the facility. [Read more]

http://wp.me/p4sUqu-MX – Michael’s Blog

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