Ukrainian army battles Kremlin-backed separatists in Donetsk; at least one civilian killed in crossfire (LIVE UPDATES)

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Armed pro-Russian militants ride on a truck to the international airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk during combat with Ukrainian troops on May 26, 2014. Ukraine scrambled fighter jets and combat helicopters to strike rebel gunmen who seized control of the main airport in the eastern city of Donetsk on May 26, triggering heavy gunbattles and Ukrainian combat helicopters hitting the main terminal building. The fierce confrontation erupted after Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who claimed victory in Sunday's crucial presidential election, vowed to press on with an offensive against pro-Russian separatists waging a bloody insurgency across the east. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
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Editor's Note: Ukrainians went to the polls on May 25 and elected Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire businessman, independent member of parliament, a former economic and foreign minister, as their fifth president, according to exit polls and preliminary vote totals. In a post-election press conference on May 26, Poroshenko vowed to intensify Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation against Kremlin-backed separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, while also pursuing a peace deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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