DeathHand

Let It All Bleed Out
During the latter part of 2014 and into early 2015, Ukraine forces and pro-Russian fighters (the DNR) fought a deadly battle for control of the Donetsk Airport.

The pro-Russian fighters (backed up by Russian soldiers and equipment) outnumbered and outgunned the Ukraine soldiers holed up in the destroyed airport. Ukraine defenders were hammered day and night with artillery, grads and tank fire by the DNR forces.

One Ukraine soldier who survived the daily bombardment mentioned that the pro-Russians would drive a tank straight up to the ruins of the airport and fire off two or three rounds point blank into the destroyed airport. By the time that the Ukraine soldiers could respond the tank was gone, only for another one to drive up and do the same thing on the other side of the airport a few hours later.

The Ukraine soldiers were low on ammunition, rations and rest. They had no air, tank or artillery support and no relief forces. So they dug in and fought off numerous DNR attacks.

News about these doomed Ukraine soldiers soon reached the Ukraine media. The Ukraine people began to call them "Cyborgs" because of their ability to fight off numerous attacks in order to hold the airport.

Donetsk, Ukraine, 2014-2015.

Set 1.


1. One of several patches that were made for the "Cyborg" battalions.
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DeathHand

DeathHand

Let It All Bleed Out
The "Cyborg" battalions were made up of regular soldiers and pro-Ukraine fighters.

In Donetsk, at the airport and surrounding areas, many of them would die by the overwhelming force of pro-Russian/Russian military.

These are images of the men, some as young as 18, who fell during this battle for the airport.

Set 2.

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DeathHand

DeathHand

Let It All Bleed Out
After months of holding off the pro-Russian attacks, the Ukraine forces that were still alive retreated. The Donetsk airport fell into the hands of the DNR.

Another Ukraine survivor described how the pro-Russian fighters had infiltrated the underground areas of the airport, forcing the Ukraines to move from the main floor of the airport to the second floor and third floors. What they didn't know was that the pro-Russians had rigged the roof of the third floor (the top floor) with explosives. Once the Cyborgs were in place the explosives went off and the roof collapsed onto the Ukraine defenders.

Set 6.

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McM

Krautnigger
One Ukraine soldier who survived the daily bombardment mentioned that the pro-Russians would drive a tank straight up to the ruins of the airport and fire off two or three rounds point blank into the destroyed airport. By the time that the Ukraine soldiers could respond the tank was gone, only for another one to drive up and do the same thing on the other side of the airport a few hours later.
I remember the sometimes strange tactics of the Syrian T72 tanks, to watch on the usual YT videos.
They fought in urban environment and had enemies in the ruins beside the streets and elswhere. Instead of fighting from a certain distance and demolish the houses completely, they drove on the streets right beside these houses, 'lurked' into a window with the main gun and fired. WTF... Afterwards, they had to flee in reverse due the RPG guys were striking back.
But, some tank guns (Abrams, Leo) even have that big 'buckshot' round with 1000 steel balls for this kind of fighting. Don't know about the Russian ammunition.
 
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Let It All Bleed Out
Many of these soldiers were members of airborne units - as can see with the tags on the neck of the guy below.

Paratroopers weren't fully equipped as one would see with an infantry unit.

Set 11.


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