"The defense of the Donetsk airport lasted for 242 days from May 26, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015.
"Both new and old terminals, control tower, everything that could be used as defense stronghold, were completely destroyed. The airport turned into direct fire engagement area, but the last surviving defenders left the ruins of the new terminal building only today.
"We must pay tribute to the memory of heroes who had defended the airport in absolutely unfavorable and difficult conditions for so long.
"We are grateful to those who survived the hell of the last days of defense but remained faithful to the oath and military duty until the end. We are grateful to those who were injured and lest we forget all those who remained in the new terminal forever...," Butusov wrote.