Black smoke billows following a mortar attack during fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian fighters in Luhansk, Ukraine, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo, Yuri Snegirev, Rossiyiskaya Gazeta)
KIEV: Ukraine's defence minister told President Petro Poroshenko on Friday that Ukrainian troops had taken control of the southeastern part of the city of Luhansk in the country's east, a statement on the president's website said.
"The minister of defence, Valery Heletey, told President Petro Poroshenko that Ukrainian armed forces took control of the southeastern part of Luhansk," the statement said, adding that troops had also surrounded the airport.
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