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Gunfire, blasts, smoke, warplanes around Donetsk airport: witnesses

Pro-Russian protesters walk down a street during a pro-Ukraine rally in the eastern city of Donetsk April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Pro-Russian protesters walk down a street during a pro-Ukraine rally in the eastern city of Donetsk April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Reuters journalists near Donetsk international airport in eastern Ukraine heard gunfire and explosions in the vicinity and saw smoke billowing from inside the perimeter as fighter jets flew high overhead on Monday.

On the day after a presidential election, gunmen forced the closure of the airport to flights and took over the terminal, demanding the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the facility.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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