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What Happened To This Airport Over The Course Of One Year Is Heartbreaking

Recently, Russian-backed rebels in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine successfully overran the Donetsk airport. Until this point, the airport had been held by Ukrainian forces. Donetsk has been the epicenter of fierce violence during the Russian backed rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

The rebel attack on the airport left at least 6 Ukrainian soldiers dead and another 16 wounded. The attack also left the airport in ruins. Pictures from the airport now look like something right out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

This is what the Donetsk airport looked like just one year ago.

This is what the Donetsk airport looked like just one year ago.

This is what it looks like today.

This is what it looks like today.

Rebels walking through the ruins.

Rebels walking through the ruins.

The charred remnants of a Ukrainian flag.

The charred remnants of a Ukrainian flag.

It”s difficult to believe that this place was an active hub of society just a year ago.

It

Now? It”s riddled with bullet holes.

Now? It

A burnt out tank.

A burnt out tank.

I wonder whose luggage that is.

I wonder whose luggage that is.

A rebel pointing an RPG at the camera.

A rebel pointing an RPG at the camera.

Examining what”s left.

Examining what

The airport sign is missing a couple of letters.

The airport sign is missing a couple of letters.

A destroyed personnel carrier.

A destroyed personnel carrier.

This is right from a Mad Max movie.

This is right from a Mad Max movie.

(via: Imgur)

Sadly, the conflict in Ukraine is continuing to grind on with no definite end in sight. Both Kiev and Moscow continue to accuse each other of inciting further violence. Unfortunately, it”s the innocent civilians who suffer while the politicians bicker.