Ukrainian forces see first east action

They face gunfire, protests at airport

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 5:21 a.m.

Demonstrators accost Ukrainian Gen. Vasyl Krutov outside the Kramatorsk Airport on Tuesday as he tried to dispel rumors that his troops, which had seized the airport and reportedly repelled attackers, planned to carry out operations against the city of Kramatorsk.

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport after seizing it, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try to restore authority over the region.

Ukrainian soldiers are supplied with grenades and ammunition Tuesday in a field on the outskirts of Izyum in eastern Ukraine. A helicopter, at least 1...

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