Ukraine troops, militants clash near Donetsk airport
Updated: 2014-05-26 21:00
Smokes billowed after fighter jets were seen flying over and explosions were heard, Xinhua correspondents said.
Armed activists in the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions established the "people's republic" in early April and an overwhelming majority of voters favored their regions' independence at referendums on May 11.
Kiev has rejected the referendums as illegal and launched "anti-terrorist operation" in the regions.