Spring among the ruins of devastated Ukrainian village

Spring in the village of Pisky near Donetsk airport completely destroyed during the Russian aggression against Ukraine (Image: Olena Bilozerska, Bilozerska.info).

Spring in the village of Pisky near Donetsk airport completely destroyed during the Russian aggression against Ukraine (Image: Olena Bilozerska, Bilozerska.info). 

2015/05/12 • Image of the Day, War in the Donbas

Article by: A. N.

The picture was taken in what remains of the village of Pisky, which was located near Donetsk airport. The village was under Ukrainian control and used to guard  the “Road of Life,” the only supply line into the airport heroically held by Ukrainian defenders.

Because of the unceasing artillery bombardment of the Russian occupation force, the village and the airport were completely destroyed. Their total devastation has been compared to Stalingrad after the systematic and prolonged effort by the Nazis to flatten the city to the ground.

Below are some “before and after” pictures from the neighboring airport.

  • Donetsk airport after completion of its renovation on May 14, 2012
    Donetsk airport after completion of its renovation on May 14, 2012
  • Russian forces sent to attack Donetsk airport (photo: korrespondent.net)
    Russian forces sent to attack Donetsk airport (photo: korrespondent.net)
  • Russian occupation troops on a tank get ready to take position near Donetsk airport during fighting with Ukrainian defenders in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 4, 2014. (Image: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
    Russian occupation troops on a tank get ready to take position near Donetsk airport during fighting with Ukrainian defenders in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 4, 2014. (Image: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
  • Donetsk airport
    Donetsk airport
  • Donetsk airport
    Donetsk airport
  • Russian occupation soldier at the devastated Donetsk airport in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)
    Russian occupation soldier at the devastated Donetsk airport in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)
  • Arial view of the destroyed Donetsk Airport , photo taken on Jan. 15 2015
    Arial view of the destroyed Donetsk Airport , photo taken on Jan. 15 2015
  • Russian mercenary at the devasted Donetsk airport in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)
    Russian mercenary at the devasted Donetsk airport in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)
  • Devastation at Donetsk airport caused by the Russian aggression in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)
    Devastation at Donetsk airport caused by the Russian aggression in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)

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  • puttypants

    How sad!!!

  • Dirk Smith

    Chechnya, Georgia, and now Ukraine. Life under another Soviet dinosaur. Here is their handiwork in Debaltseve. Wake up!!!

  • Тарас Шевченко

    This village must be rebuilt immediately. Keep the sword sharp if the Russians decide to come back but show that Russia can destroy buildings but they cannot destroy prosperity.