Governor reported negotiating surrender of Donetsk airport

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War in the Donbas

Article by: Mat Babiak

Governor of Donetsk oblast Serhiy Taruta confirmed information concerning a possible exchange of Donetsk airport for territory adjacent to Donetsk.

“Negotiations on the exchange of the airport is really underway. Unfortunately, Novoazovsk has not been discussed in these negotiations – it is to remain an occupied city. The exchange will be carried out for a site closely adjacent to Donetsk. This is a large area.” said the governor of Donetsk oblast.

Update: Taruta’s press service later denied this statement that a deal had been made, saying he was quoted out of context. “This phrase is taken out of context. During the conversation off the record he said that the militants demanded that we give up Donetsk airport. In exchange, they offered to pull out of several villages,” said the press service.

The battle for the airport began in late May, with Ukrainian forces retaking it decisevely from Vostok Battalion terrorists from Chechnya & Russia. Yesterday alone, 9 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 27 wounded.

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  • wooly bully

    OMG. Take a page from Putin himself. Never never negotiate with a terrorists group. Drive them back to Russia and Chechnya now…or there will a higher rice to pay later.

  • simila-cyprus

    Slightly confusing story ?
    Does this mean Donetsk Airport is now under Ukraine or Russian control ?
    You say the governor agreed surrender of airport , which way ?
    Ukraine or Russian troops surrendering to exchange for land .
    Who gets the airport , who gets the land ?

    • Luboš Motl

      It is not confusing at all for those who have paid at least some attention. The airport is just an island in the Novorrusian, pro-Russian land that has been anomalously controlled by pro-Kiev forces for many, many months. Almost everything in Donetsk and its vicinity, especially towards the East and South, was controlled by the pro-Russian militias.

      This status of the airport as a “pro-Kiev bastion” became indefensible as the last pro-Kiev soldiers trying to defend the airport are being shot as I am typing this sentence, so the most narcissist way for the pro-Kiev guys to announce that they have lost the airport and they want to surrender before the rest of the pro-Kiev troops are annihilated is to say that the loss is a “swap”. It’s progress that the pro-Kiev politicians are suddenly able to talk about negotiation and swaps, but they had to be forced to behave this slightly sensibly by force.

      • Murf

        Were that true, there would be no need in exchanging land for the airport, would there?

        • Mat

          They still control it.

          • Roman Leskiw

            They only control bunkers now.

      • Kruton

        Another Bolshevik child killer!

    • Roman Leskiw

      The terminals are controlled by Russia and the bunkers by Ukraine

  • Nancy

    I just hope these pages don’t get “accidentally” deleted or forced to disappear somehow. Five, six, ten years from now they will be priceless.

    • Mat

      How so?

      • Nancy

        Just like wine: as a rule it gets better with age… The are of course exceptions: bad vintage, improper corking and so on. So only time will tell… the noise will settle after a while. And by no means I am advocating to take anything by its declared value… the intensity of the moment is immense and that is what dictates most of the judgements today.

      • Nancy

        5 days later I am still trying to figure out whether Ukrainian forces still hold the airport or they have
        surrendered. Can someone here enlighten me on this subject?

  • jimhenley

    The president and prime minister should not have allowed these brave men to be placed in this position. Either support them or evacuate them…BUT NEVER allow your brave soldiers to surrender to these @##$%^^^^&*!

  • Roman Leskiw

    Don’t surrender. FIGHT!