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 ON MAY 26, 204, VOSTOK BATTALION MILITANTS SHOT DEAD FSB ISKRA UNIT IN DONETSK AIRPORT, - A STORY TOLD BY ITS PARTICIPANT

As years pass, Russian mercenaries start publishing their memoirs of the beginning of the Donbas war. Their stories show how Russia initiated the fighting against Ukraine. One of the most vivid events in early months if the war was the elimination of Iskra special unit of FSB, which unit attempted to seize the Donetsk airport and disarm Ukrainian units in the old terminal.

After some grave losses inflicted by fire opened by Ukraine's Spetsnaz and air forces, Iskra unit and militants from Vostok brigade started fleeing. In panic, Russian mercenaries who were escaping by KamAZ trucks, opened fire upon civilians on the streets of Donetsk and other mercenaries from Vostok, Oplot, and the unit of Russian Lieutenant Colonel Igor Bezler.

On May 26, 204, Vostok Battalion militants shot dead FSB Iskra unit in Donetsk airport, - a story told by its participant 01
Sabotage unit of Iskra heading on to the operation in the Donetsk airport on May 25, 2014

The gangs started fighting. Two KamAZ trucks with mercenaries were destroyed in Donetsk. Subsequently, the gangs continued the skirmish overnight. Unfortunately, militants were opening fire upon any suspicious person, so they killed and wounded many civilian people. Ukrainian units never entered Donetsk, but remained on their positions in the old terminal.

On May 26, 204, Vostok Battalion militants shot dead FSB Iskra unit in Donetsk airport, - a story told by its participant 02
Iskra unit returned from Donetsk airport on May 26, 2014

The number of the militants killed is not known until know. Mercenaries offer mixed up numbers. Iskra unit lost about 50 fighters killed, other units incurred losses as well. The total death toll reaches up to 100 people.

Execution of KamAZ trucks full of Iskra mercenaries at Kyivskyi Avenue in Donetsk is described in details by its participant, Vostok Battalion member Vladimir Kovalchuk (continue to Russian version of the article).

On May 26, 204, Vostok Battalion militants shot dead FSB Iskra unit in Donetsk airport, - a story told by its participant 03
Vostok mercenaries before leaving for the Donetsk airport on May 25, 2014

On May 26, 204, Vostok Battalion militants shot dead FSB Iskra unit in Donetsk airport, - a story told by its participant 04
Iskra unit after the fighting of May 26 in Kalinin morgue of Donetsk

On May 26, 204, Vostok Battalion militants shot dead FSB Iskra unit in Donetsk airport, - a story told by its participant 05
Iskra sabotage unit on the way to the Donetsk airport on May 25, 2014


Yurii Butusov, Censor.NET
 
 
 
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