Luhansk airport: Ukraine troops pulled back
Luhansk airport in eastern Ukraine was in news because of Ukrainian troops pulling back from the airport on 1 September 2014.
The Ukrainian troops pulled back after a coloumn of Russian tanks entered the airfield which was described by President Petro Poroshenko as direct and open aggression by Russia.
However, Russia denied helping the rebels in the Russian-speaking east of Ukraine who want to be part of Russia ather than Ukraine which seeks integration into mainstream Europe.
The pulling back from the airport is strategically a big loss to Ukraine because it was being held by Ukrainian paratroopers who could have been easily be supplied by the air anywhere.
Luhansk is formerly known as Voroshilovgrad. It is the administrative center of Luhansk Oblast in easternmost Ukraine.
The city itself is also designated as its own separate municipality within the oblast. The current estimated population is around 425848.
Who: Luhansk airport
Where: in eastern Ukraine
When: 1 September 2014
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