Cadets of Kharkiv National University of Air Forces of Ukraine conducted a tribute ceremony for the deceased defenders of Donetsk airport who lost their lives in combat with Russian occupants in 2014-2015. The ceremony took place on January 20, Suspilne.Kharkiv reported.
"It's the sixth anniversary of honoring the memory of the deceased in Donetsk airport. The defense of the airport lasted for 242 days - on the record; however, one should remember that the unit led by Maksym Ridzanych held out for two more days. This day (January 20, - 112 International) is necessary to remember those thanks to whom people can live in Ukraine's peaceful cities", said Borys Ryabukha, one of the defenders of the airport.
The battle for Donetsk airport lasted for 242 days, from May 2014 to January 2015; over a hundred of Ukrainian warriors lost their lives in this military campaign. It became one of the bloodiest battles in the entire Donbas conflict. The stubbornness and fortitude of Ukrainian warriors was so surprising and annoying to their enemies they called them "cyborgs".