Ukrainian anti-terrorist forces, backed by fighter jets and helicopters, attacked armed militants who took over Donetsk International Airport on Monday, destroying an anti-aircraft gun mounted by insurgents, according to security officials.

An attack helicopter strafed the weapon in the operation, Vladyslav Selezniov, spokesman for the anti-terrorist forces, wrote on his Facebook page.

Officials said paratroopers were clearing the airport late Monday.

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