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Troops and Separatists Clash Over Airfield in Ukraine

Image: Pro-Russia protesters rough up Krutov in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk
Pro-Russia protesters rough up Ukrainian General, Genady Krutov, center right, in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, on April 15. MARKO DJURICA / Reuters

Ukrainian armed forces launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists in Kramatorsk on Tuesday.

Heavy gunfire was heard in the area but reports of casualties could not immediately be confirmed.

Above, Pro-Russia protesters rough up Ukrainian General, Genady Krutov, center right, in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk.

Image: Pro-Russian activists uprising in Ukraine's eastern provinces
Pro-Russian protesters build a barricade in front of an air base entrance in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 15. ANASTASIA VLASOVA / EPA