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Volodymyr
Nebir, 23, still remembers the smell of smoke and taste in his mouth of the
gunpowder, metal, diesel fuel and burnt plastic.

“We
laughed with the guys that we really are the cyborgs,” Nebir says smiling,
referring to the moniker that Russian-separatists gave the Ukrainian troops who
guarded the Donetsk Airport.

For months soldiers defended the airport, facing
never-ending attacks by Russian-separatist forces, before Ukrainian forces
surrendered the ruined airport in January.

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