Ukraine troops clear rebels from airport

Posted: May 27, 2014 at 4:41 a.m.

Pro-Russian gunmen take positions near the airport, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday, May 26, 2014. Ukraine's military launched air strikes Monday against separatists who had taken over the airport in the eastern capital of Donetsk in what appeared to be the most visible operation of the Ukrainian troops since they started a crackdown on insurgents last month. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

DONETSK, Ukraine -- The winner of Ukraine's presidential election said Monday that he wants to begin talks with Moscow and end a pro-Russian insurgency in the east, but the conflict there escalated as rebels occupied a major airport and the government in Kiev responded with an airstrike.

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