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Donetsk Airport is Ruined After Weeks of Battle

Destroyed commercial airplanes sit scattered on the runway.

A separatist soldier walks through the wreckage of the destroyed Donetsk airport on Feb. 26. The airport has been a scene of many battles between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine's military said on Feb. 26 it was starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline with pro-Russian rebels, a key step in a stuttering peace plan. The start of the withdrawal by Kiev comes after a shaky truce that was meant to come into force Feb. 15 finally took hold across the Ukraine conflict zone in recent days.

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Only a few sections of the exterior fence around the airport remain.

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A separatist soldier walks past a damaged airplane.

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Soldiers of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army stand near a damaged information desk.

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This photo taken June 11, 2012, shows the airport in Donetsk when Ukraine hosted the Union of European Football Associations Championship.

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Ukrainian prisoners-of-war are lined up inside the airport.

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Ukrainian prisoners-of-war are forced by pro-Russian rebels to search through the wreckage for weapons and bodies.

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A dead Ukrainian soldier, retrieved from the rubble of the airport building, lies inside the destroyed terminal.

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A sports bar sits in the middle of the wreckage.

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Destroyed commercial airplanes sit scattered on the runway.

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An empty jet bridge still stands despite the surrounding structures falling to the ground.

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A separatist fighter leans against a wall while guarding Ukrainian POWs.

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The bodies of Ukrainian soldiers are surrounded by rubble.

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A separatist soldier stands guard over Ukrainian soldier prisoners-of-war as they are forced to sift through the wreckage.

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Trees and bushes torched by fire surround airport buildings.

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A damaged vehicle is surrounded by debris.

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