Cyborgs vs Kremlin By mid-October the battle was no longer being fought for the airport, but rather for its ruins. What was once one of the most up-to-date regional air hubs in the whole of eastern Europe had been reduced to a collection of smoldering shells. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian flag continued to fly from the devastated control tower, which refused to collapse despite being hit by countless artillery strikes.

Heavy clashes between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk intensified on Friday.

Anexarea Crimeei și propaganda militară a Rusiei omagiate la TV Neptun

Anexarea Crimeei și propaganda militară a Rusiei omagiate la TV Neptun

Alexandr Dugin has a foreign minster in the new far left Greek Government - Nikolaos Kotzias.

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“Alexandr Dugin has a foreign minster in the new far left Greek Government - Nikolaos Kotzias.

Cyborgs vs Kremlin The remarkable defence of Donetsk International Airport has already passed into Ukrainian folklore, while the defenders themselves have become known simply as cyborgs. The grudging praise of their enemies has helped to cement the place of these defenders in the national psyche, providing a boost to Ukrainian morale during one of the darkest moments in the country's history.

Cyborgs vs Kremlin The remarkable defence of Donetsk International Airport has already passed into Ukrainian folklore, while the defenders themselves have become known simply as cyborgs. The grudging praise of their enemies has helped to cement the place of these defenders in the national psyche, providing a boost to Ukrainian morale during one of the darkest moments in the country's history.

The legend of the 'Ukrainian Cyborgs' was born in the first days of September. The 'cyborg' tag actually originated from social media commentaries posted by disbelieving fighters from within the ranks of the Russian insurgency.  ''We tried storming the complex but each time we are repulsed and forced to withdraw. I've no idea who is defending the airport but they are not people. They are cyborgs."

NATO head sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery

Legend of Cyborgs  Ukrainian forces have battled Kremlin-backed insurgents for control of Donetsk International Airport. The battle for this strategically and symbolically crucial objective has reduced the formerly state-of-the-art air hub to ruins, while transforming the airport's Ukrainian defenders into national heroes whose heroics have seen them dubbed as 'cyborgs' by their disbelieving opponents.

Before and after photos: War reduces Ukraine's Donetsk airport to rubble

Last November, Andrei Ilarionov (Putin's aide on economical issues before 2005) warned Western Europeans on a "Islamist spring" for 2015. "Do not be very much surprised if a massive Islamist political movement would appear, an Islamist Spring which would destabilize the European countries, consume and divert the energy and attention of Western leaders, while Putin would attempt to accomplish its neo-imperial project", Ilarionov said to Michał Rachoń, a Polish journalist with TV Republika.

Last November, Andrei Ilarionov (Putin's aide on economical issues before 2005) warned Western Europeans on a "Islamist spring" for 2015. "Do not be very much surprised if a massive Islamist political movement would appear, an Islamist Spring which would destabilize the European countries, consume and divert the energy and attention of Western leaders, while Putin would attempt to accomplish its neo-imperial project", Ilarionov said to Michał Rachoń, a Polish journalist with TV Republika.

Ruble crisis. Run, Putin, run!

Russia’s Central Bank on Monday cut its key interest by one point to percent as it tried to bolster an economy battered by Western sanctions and lower oil prices.

Germany has taken the lead in trying to convince Putin to engage with the West. Merkel has spoken to him by phone three dozen times.  Now, German officials say, they have run out of ideas about how they might sway the Russian leader. Berlin is girding for a long standoff, akin to a second Cold War. "We need to prepare ourselves for a prolonged conflict in which Russia will use all the means at its disposal," Norbert Roettgen, chairman of the Bundestag foreign affairs committee told Reuters.

Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed.


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