Alexander Borodai, prime minister of self-declared Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine, announced Tuesday that 50 pro-Russian military had been in killed in a turf battle over an airport. "This is war," Borodai said. "Our losses are serious. But our opponents losses are not less, and maybe even more."
The Ukrainian military conducted a major operation on Monday to take back the airport, which militants had only seized a few hours before. It was the first aggressive move against the fighters and came just one day after a national election in which a Ukrainian billionaire, Petro O. Poroshenko, won in a landslide. Mr. Poroshenko has pledged to take on the separatists, whom he has compared to Somali pirates.
"Kiev is giving us some kinds of ultimatums," Borodai said. "Let them keep giving them."
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