"This village is known throughout the world now. But it was little known then. Two flags were planted over the village: on the five-storey building near the village council - by the reconnaissance squad of the 93rd Brigade and on the building of the House of Culture right in front - by the soldiers of the third regiment of special forces. The liberation of the village from invaders was not an everyday event for me to witness as a journalist. Certainly, I had quickly written an article and sent the pictures to my dear Holos Ukrainy following the rule "you must pass the material to the editors office as soon as possible regardless whether you are dead or alive". The rapidness but not the metaphors and images was the main criterion then. That was the way the article "Cost of another flag" was written. A year has passed since the day these photographs depict scenes of," he wrote.
"The military reports are impartial while the opinion of journalist is subjective. It seemed to me then that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were about to liberate Donetsk - the city signpost was already visible. No one could have imagined then that we were facing the all-out battles in Pisky, the Airport and its adjacent areas with the participation of the 93rd, 17th, 95th, 79th, 30th, 28th Brigades, Dnipro-1 Battalion, Right Sector and OUN volunteer battalions (excuse me if I have forgotten to mention someone)," the journalist added.
"I had the opportunity then to get acquainted with respected soldiers and real man's men Alexandr Mamaluy, Alexander Vasilenko, Yevgenii Romanov, Oleh Mikats, Ivan Nachovnyy, and fearless soldiers from rocket launcher battalion... The wars usually ended with victories and defeats or were terminated by mutual consent. I wonder what destiny will be ours." Klymenko summed up.