Terrorists capture “pile of rubble” at Donetsk airport

Donetsk airport

Donetsk airport 

2015/01/22 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Taras Klochko

Last night Ukrainian “cyborgs” left the Donetsk airport. The facility, on which $875 million had been spent in preparation for Euro 2012, has now been turned into a pile of rubble.

The decision to leave the airport has been expected to some extent since the Ukrainian “cyborgs” had been able to remain there only because of the surprisingly solid construction of the new terminal, which had withstood many heavy artillery attacks. But reinforced concrete is not permanent, and the number of possible places that could be used as cover decreased with every new shelling. In recent days the control tower was destroyed and the ceiling of the second floor of the new terminal collapsed. The buildings were being hit by direct fire and clinging to them while bearing losses became quite meaningless. All the more so since the airport has not had any strategic importance for quite some time, as it can no longer receive aircraft because of the destruction.

But be that as it may, the defense of the Donetsk airport will remain forever in history an example  of Ukrainian courage. The defense of the airport lasted from May 26, 2014 to January 22, 2015 — 242 days. This is longer than lasted the defense of most “hero cities” of the USSR during WWII. Ukrainian “cyborgs” defended the airport for as long as there was something to defend, and this is why the terrorists will not get much benefit from capturing razed buildings.

Actually, the defense of the airport has always been complicated by the location of its buildings next to the absolutely level runway area, which is very easy to shell from all directions. The only places that could be held for a longer time were the buildings of the new terminal and the control tower, of which hardly anything now remains.

Therefore, after 242 days of fierce fighting, the terrorists finally gained a pile of rubble that can be shelled  easily from Ukrainian positions. If our troops maintain Pisky, Opytne and Avdiivka, they will be able to pound the airport from those areas just as the terrorists did for 242 days from the confines of Donetsk. Moreover, this will be much easier to do from the surrounding villages.

Thus, the only possible benefit of the captured ruins for the terrorist are bravura photo shoots that will have to be done hastily to avoid being shot. Afterwards, the terrorists will hardly show  up there, since using the runway as a springboard for attacks would be, at the very least, reckless.

Therefore, after the retreat of Ukrainian troops, the Donetsk airport will become either a neutral zone where serious battles will no longer take place, or simply serve as a terrorist burial ground. Right now the “cyborgs” need to concentrate on defending the surrounding population centers, most notably Pisky and Avdiivka. Presently, this is more important than trying to recapture and hold at any cost a pile of broken concrete that once used to be the Sergei Prokofiev Donetsk International Airport.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso.TV

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  • Michel Cloarec

    OK ! You have been fighting well. The terrorists have a big pile of rubbles to play with ! Erase the airport from the map, the same with Luhansk airport.
    Interesting ? How many russians dead and how many terrorists dead ?
    Do not feel it is a defeat. In military terms, you can loose a battle, it does not mean you loose the war. (general De Gaulle )

    • giltedged

      Quit a few of these.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Problems with keyboard ? do you need help ? it is that funny thing with keys on (many of them) try !

  • Brent

    The cyborgs will forever be remembered and honored. They withstood many attacks and sent many of the terrorists invaders home in Cargo 200. I still hope when Donetsk is repatriated these brave soldiers will be honored by renaming the new airport after them.

    A battle lost. A war not yet won.

    Slava Ukraina!!!

    • catonine

      Did you see the horrible video of the terrorist scum Givi mistreating captured Cyborgs? This alone earns him a place in hell as well as in the ICC..

  • Flexicoke

    Encircle them, starve them out.

  • barbie

    I trust God is with Ukraine, watch out for God is about to surprise Ukraine. Ukraine is victorious

  • Dirk Smith

    Now the ATO gets to return the favor. This time, muscovite soldiers will die; not the drunken paid baboons Putler hired. As far as new airport names, once the KGB clerk is removed, I go with Bandera International Airport. Airport code BIA.

    • Dirk Smith

      Another illiterate Putinist baboon alert. LOL……

      • Dirk Smith

        Love how the Yanukovych supporters are so scared of Bandera, who spent almost 3 years in Sachenhausen and then was murdered by the KGB. The toppled Lenin statues will be replaced Bandera, Stetsko, and Shukhevych statues once the muscovite cancer is removed from Ukraine and Europe.

        • disqus60

          Where did you learn your “facts” about Bandera? Russian world history class? Or a documentary on RT?

          • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

            Polish history, also from my grandmother, who lived in the village near Bircza.

        • Dirk Smith

          Ukrainian nationalism is only identified as “Nazi” by muscovite baboons who still believe 70-year old Stalinist propaganda. The evolution of the muscovite mind is apparent.

          • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

            Is your little mind too dumb to understand, that someone who criticizes your sh!tty ‘hero’ isn’t automatically Russian? Pozdrowienia z Polski durny rezunie.

          • LorCanada

            Dirk, you mean THE LACK OF EVOLUTION of the Moscovite mind is apparent.
            ;- )

        • catonine

          You sicko, you keep talking about Polish citizens and forget about Akcija Wisla? I have relatives in the areas of deportation who after 3 generations don’t remember they are Ukrainian — well done jerk, well done!

          • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

            Unlike Wołyń, Akcja Wisła was not aimed to kill anyone. It was also done by the communist gov. which is also responsible for crimes on Polish inteligentia.
            What you said is blurring down a line between victim and murderer.
            Would it be acceptable if a German said something like “You keep talking about Holocaust and forget about post-war deportations”? Of course not, because if someone said so he would have an instant ADL lawsuit.
            Unfortunately, Poland doesn’t have its own ADL and people like you can whitewash war criminals and make them their “national heros”.

          • catonine

            Another example for you on how russia will manipulate history to its advantage.

            http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_POLAND_RUSSIA_AUSCHWITZ?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

          • LorCanada

            Putin was trying to promote Stalin in history books (i.e. whitewash the murderer) but it didn’t seem to work.

            To me Lenin is little more than a well preserved museum piece kept on display for promotional purposes. Might be better one day to give him a decent burial and confine him to a doleful part of Russian history that’s best forgotten.

          • catonine

            Akcija Wisla was not meant to kill people, are you serious?? In a way, it was worse, it was meant to kill an entire ethnic group!!! Plus many many died before ever reaching their destination which took weeks in the worst possible conditions, in what can only be called cattle cars. My auntie gave birth to her first child under a tree on the way to northern Poland… but you hit the nail on the head when you say the communist gov. was responsible, the same gov that partnered with Soviet russia to exterminate Ukrainians (Stalin did a good job in 1932-33 with the Holodomor). Yes we can both blame the communists, you for Akcija Wisla and me for the atrocities in Volyn. There is plenty of evidence of soviets donning UPA uniforms to go on killing sprees; heck they use that same tactic to this day. You say your grandmother was killed in eastern Poland, where exactly, western Ukraine? Blurring of border lines is another point of contention. My uncle was killed in Lemkivshchyna. Because he refused to leave his home, he was killed on the spot. The region was repopulated with ethnic Poles! His family in Poland now consider themselves Poles — how’s that for annihilating a group of people from their native lands — ethnic cleansing at its best! Bandera is a national hero to Ukrainians because he was fighting for a free, independent Ukraine, something neither Poland nor soviet russia wanted at that time, and russia does not want now!!!! But… Poland is now Ukraine’s best friend, wether from a true feeling of fraternity or a dread that Poland itself may be next in russia’s crosshairs. I hope it’s the former.

          • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

            Yes, I am serious. Akcja Wisła aim was settling people in the west and getting rid of UPA scum, not killing Ukrainian people. During whole operation max.1000 people died.
            And FYI, Poles from Volyn and Galicia were also settled in the west by force, in much greater numbers (up to few millions) in order to make place for Ukrainians, and nobody from Ukraine cares about it, even though this was conducted for the purpose of extending Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic. All they care is Akcja Wisła, which was a retaliation for UPA agression and was condemned 10 yrs ago by Polish president Lech Kaczyński (there is still no apology for Volyn).
            The communist gov in postwar Poland wasn’t elected, but imposed by Stalin.

            “Yes we can both blame the communists, you for Akcija Wisla and me for the atrocities in Volyn. There is plenty of evidence of soviets donning UPA uniforms to go on killing sprees”
            I guess that “Volyn was done by Soviets” is the BS taught in the Ukrainian schools. Better read some Motyka or John Paul Himka instead of Ukrainian UPA loving ‘historicans’.
            I had also informations from first hand – my grandmother always said that many of their Ukrainian neighbors helped UPA, that’s why I’m sure that the theory “Soviets did it” is pure Ukrainian propaganda.

            “You say your grandmother was killed in eastern Poland, where exactly, western Ukraine?”
            My grandmother wasn’t killed, but most of her family was. She lived in a village of Leszczawa Dolna near Przemyśl (it is hopefully still part of Poland, but I bet that such UPA apologists as you considers it as Western Ukraine)

            “Bandera is a national hero to Ukrainians because he was fighting for a free, independent Ukraine”
            By what means? Killing innocent people just because they were Poles?
            Go find some other national hero, that was really fighting for independent Ukraine (for example Petliura) instead of whitewashing nazi war criminal. If you claim that Ukraine is succesor to Kievian Rus and has more than 1000 years of history, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

          • catonine

            That’s why I asked where your grandmother lived — Ukraine did not lay claim to Przemyśl. Look, you may not like to hear it but Poland’s communist gov. worked hand in hand with Soviet russia, soon as the nazis were defeated, to inflict yet more pain and suffering on Ukrainian people after the war, by forcibly removing them from their own lands! The main reason Bandera is reviled by russians (and people like you) is that UPA succeeded in putting up a good fight against both soviets and Poles. So their solution was to punish people in their villages who helped UPA partisans by bringing them food and water. Hence, these people had to be removed through the shameful forced deportations known as Akcija Wisla. My father’s entire family was deported and my uncle killed. My relatives were force fed the Polish language in north Poland until they became thoroughly Policized — those who resisted were discriminated against socially. Today, the younger generation has forgotten its roots — Polish gov did a good there!
            You say Akcija Wisla was condemned 10 yrs ago by Polish president Lech Kaczyński (there is still no apology for Volyn). Apology for Volyn should come from those responsible, but russia is not known for apologizing, and continues the despicable soviet practice of creating mayhem, enmity and making further land grabs– Crimea to wit. UPA were heroic fighters for Ukraine’s independence, and Bandera will always be our hero, like it or not. You are blinded by hate!

            Slava Ukraini! Heroyam Slava!

          • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

            Do you know that before Akcja Wisła, there was a carnage of Polish civilian population done by UPA? But you only care about resettled people.
            It is like if Germans were b!tching about territorial loses after WW2, but forgeting about Holocaust and other attrocities.
            I could ask the same way – how many Polish people were ukrainized in Lwów after 1945?
            Also, in my conversations with Ukrainians I’ve managed to see, that 90% of them won’t admit Bandera and UPA are responsibile for Volhynia massacre.
            They will always have one of these lines of defence:
            1. “That didn’t happen” – It happened, and many witnesses are still alive (as well as some of the 90yr old UPA murderers that wasn’t prosecuted)
            2. “NKVD was responsible” – Yes, NKVD sometimes burned villages diguised as Germans, but that doesn’t mean Germans didn’t burn villages. In case of Volhynia massacre, poles were killed not just by UPA, but also by Ukrainian neighbors they knew and trusted, which makes it even more horrible crime. That’s why, even if we consider that all of that attacks were done by NKVD disguised as UPA (which is extremely far fetched) Ukrainians are still responsible. Also, Bandera had fascist views inspired by Dontsov, and he openly called for killing of Poles, Jews and Russians before WW2, so he isn’t anyone to be proud of anyway.
            3. “Bandera isn’t responsible, only a fraction of UPA led by Dymitro Klyachkivsky killed Poles, but we don’t honor him” – Well, Bandera was indeed in KL when Volhynia massacre started, but he was allowed to contact with his people, so it is quite likely that he launched it. “Not honoring Klyachkivsy” is also BS, because in Równe/Rivne there is monument of that butcher.
            4. “Poles deserved it, because they were killing Ukrainians before war” – There was no killing of Ukrainians in Poland before WW2. The only thing aganinst Ukrainians that was done by Polish gov. before WW2 was destruction of few Orthodox churches (which I condemn) and anti OUN (earlier Bandera organisation) which was started after Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs was assasinated by OUN.
            Poland wasn’t without a fault, but there is no execuse for genocide.
            Keep in mind that if you won’t apologise for Volyn, you should not count for our help.

          • catonine

            Fortunately that’s not your decision to make; your gov has promised help, however sincere that is. If you insist on dwelling on past grievances, you are to be pitied. Ukraine is in crisis right now from its neighbor to the east… Poland could be next while the rest of the world remains “deeply concerned”. So get your priorities straight .. I’m through discussing, we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

        • giltedged

          You forgot Biden

    • disqus60

      You know what’s funny for me, and revealing of ignorance for you and those who think like you.. Bandera wasn’t a Nazi, he was a Ukrainian wanting nothing more than a free and independent Ukraine. What you don’t like is that he had to fight against the Soviet Union. He also was arrested by the Nazis because he was planning an uprising against the Nazi occupiers, and later released only because the Nazis thought he would fight against the Soviets.

      To you and your Russo-centric version of reality, he was a nazi, because we all know everyone who wants to be free from Russian/Soviet domination and slavery must be nazis.

      • Corny Scopius

        Right. And it becomes apparent the Fascists of today are sitting and plotting in the Kremlin. I have sources of cooperation between Putin and European extreme-right parties he is paying or granting ‘loans’ in order to destroy the EU from within, by bribing parts of its parliament. This in order to make his dead-born child Eurasian Union prevail, after taking over once-EU members in the future. And then the Eurasian empire of crazy Alexander Dugin would be waiting for us, from Vladivostok to Lissabon. But again, as always, Putin will be beaten.

    • catonine

      Bandera was no nazi (the nazis imprisoned him for 2 years and killed his brothers). He wanted a free Ukraine, free from Poland and free from russia, both of which throughout history could not keep their hands off Ukrainian territory!! Is that so hard for you to understand? You will remember Volyn, but have already forgotten who actually did the killings — not the UPA partisans but your other enemy (and theirs) the Soviet Army, which has a long history of sowing discord between nations, when it is to their advantage!

      • StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera

        Ernst Röhm was also killed by nazis, so according to your logic he wasn’t a nazi.
        My grandmother’s family lived in Eastern Poland during WWII and many of it’s members were killed not by “Soviet army” but by UPA with a help of Ukrainian neighbours, they knew and trusted.

    • giltedged

      I go with Mrs Nuland and what some people call her oligarchic cousins.

    • giltedged

      I think it should be called “Arso and Feltsman” or “Maidan 3”

  • Cristián Hugo Muñoz Campos

    I knew this day would came. Think about it. After all, the solid structures of the airport that served as shields and bunker are almost destroyed. Sooner or later, Cyborgs would have to leave the airport in order to save their lives and evade the Grad rockets.
    Thank you Ukrainian Cyborgs for an heroic resistance. Russian invaders must understand that the whole Ukraine will become a Land of Cyborgs. RuSSians will lose tens of thousands of their troops if they keep their aggression.

    • giltedged

      Why do you wish Ukraine to be a land of dead people?

      • Michel Cloarec

        Not him ! PUTIN is the killer, a killer recrut henchmen !

  • Murf

    Given the Rebels obsessive bombardment and inept assaults, this was inevitable. With the collapses of the control tower, the airport’s military usefulness as a forward observation post was at an end.
    However since September Motorola and his thugs have been beating their heads against the Cyborgs wall. Instead they would have been better served trying to take more important and vulnerable locations. Avdiivka and the largest Coke plant in Europe. Cutting off the Debaltseve salient. Securing a bridge head across the Kalamus River to threaten Mariupol.
    Now the UA army is regained it balance is reequipped and had months to fortify their positions. In September these important objectives would have been so relatively easy to take.
    Now the Russians will have pay in serious blood.
    Even if I was not a supporter of Ukriane in this war I would call this a Pyrrhic Victory. A victory in which you win but it cost more than it was worth.

    • Michel Cloarec

      It was a good tactic, to concentrate on one point, to give other units free hands to fight in other places with successes. The rebels dpr army, was immobilized. It took 4 months to conquer a pile of rubbles. Bravo !, Now can they collect their dpr medals. Pity that it was only 382 cargo 200.
      Do they bury their deads in the dpr army ?

    • Corny Scopius

      Unfortunately Russians never care much about the ‘costs’ of their Pyrrhic Victories. Life does not count much. Remember what Shukov told his friend Eisenhower when asked how they got over the minefields of WW2: by simply treating them as if they weren’t there! That is: rushing their less important men through! Here you see the attitude Russian military command has about own men. They do not care about losses, if only the aim is reached (at any costs). What we can do is covering this outrageous antihuman way of behaving and Putin behind it by reports and pictures gallore until the world once again learns what kind of people they are.

  • giltedged

    As a Western European I think that what the writer means is that it was a defeat.

  • Michel Cloarec

    Where do you want your staty ?

  • Michel Cloarec

    You wishes can not be the mirror of what polish people think of the hordes from moscow !

  • giltedged

    But also a lot of dead. There weren’t a lot of withdrawals as I understand.
    Of course our eyes are turned towards the forthcoming Maidan 3. Let’s just make it clear that Nuland’s appointment of the Oligarchs as West Ukraine’s government has been a grave mistake. They should be removed and ethnic Ukrainians to replace them.

  • LorCanada

    Bandera was jailed by the Germans and poisoned by the Russians, and that was SEVENTY YEARS AGO!!
    Why are some brainwashed people still so afraid of the past? They have simply been fed propaganda and swallowed it ‘hook, line, and sinker’! It’s time for them to get modernized.

    • catonine

      The kremlin just loves to demonize Bandera, he was their most popular “punching bag” during EuroMaidan when protesters against Yanukovich were called “banderovtsi”, which became a badge of honor to them, LOL!! The reality is they’re still so pissed off about how UPA beat the pants off them after WWII. The mortality rate for Soviet troops fighting UPA in Western Ukraine was higher than that for Soviet troops in Afghanistan 😀 @StepanBandera ssał pałeHitlera
      That’s why russia had to create the Volyn massacres and blame Bandera and UPA for it. They never stopped their malicious campaign to “get him” and eventually did in 1959 — when a KGB agent threw poison in his face.

  • Linda Serena

    It remains an issue to investigate the Sarajevo style war crimes – such as indiscriminate shelling of Donetsk and other civilian targets – committed by these occupiers.