"The new and the old terminal, the airport’s control tower, everything that could serve as a strong point of defense have been completely destroyed,” Butusov wrote.

“The airport has been shot through by direct fire, and the last surviving defenders left the new terminal building only today ..." he said.

"Thanks to those who survived the hell of the last days of defense, but who remained faithful to their oath and military duty until the end. Thanks to those who are injured, and eternal memory to those who will remain in the new terminal forever ..." Butusov wrote.