The Deadly Legend of the Donetsk Airport

The senseless fighting for the Donetsk Airport is about machismo, not rational gain.

Which side holds the airport now?

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Donetsk Airport has become a dystopian ruin, with its runways so cratered, only a helicopter could land. Yet both sides in the fight over it keep claiming to control it. Ukrainians consider it a symbol of their military resurgence since last summer's painful defeats. Instead, it is coming to embody  the senselessness of seeking any military solution to the conflict.

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