Amazing Drone Video Of Destroyed #Donetsk Airport, #Ukraine (H/T @aletweetsnews)

Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport was an airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Donetsk, Ukraine. It was built in the 1940s and 1950s and rebuilt in 1973 and again from 2011 to 2012. The airport is named for 20th-century composer Sergei Prokofiev, who was a native of Donetsk Oblast.

The airport has been closed since 26 May 2014 due to military operations and has been practically destroyed during the second battle in autumn.

On 26 May 2014, Pro-Russian rebels stormed and took control of the airport soon after the new president Petro Poroshenko won the2014 Ukrainian presidential election.

Ukrainian troops launched air attacks to regain control of the airport from the rebels. Two civilians and 38 combatants have been reported dead, and the Ukrainian military regained control of the airport.

Service at the airport has not resumed since the battle. The terminal building has been severely damaged during the fighting.

On 1 October 2014, Pro-Russian rebels tried to take back the airport in recent weeks, A spokesman for what the Ukrainian government calls its anti-terrorist operation said Ukrainian forces repelled four attacks on the airport on Wednesday evening, A T-64 tank was destroyed and seven rebels were killed, Vladyslav Seleznyov told Kanal 5 TV. A reporter for Associated Press inDonetsk said on Wednesday, October 1, there were indications the government may already have lost control of the airport. Rebel-leader Alexander Zakharchenko said it was “95%” under separatist control. Ukrainian officials insist the airport is still under government control as of October 2014.[10]

The main terminal building and the control tower are lying in ruins as a result of the fighting in early October 2014.
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