"There is a rivalry among servicemen striving to go there (in the area of the airport - Ed.). The battles for the airport show that we have the spirit, the strength," Poltorak said.
He stressed that there are true patriots of Ukraine in the airport, who know how to fight. "It is the affair of honor for them" - he added. The Minister hopes these soldiers will help to develop the Armed Forces.
Earlier, Poltorak excluded that the Donetsk Prokofiev International Airport, which is under the control of the anti-terrorist operation forces, will be surrendered to the terrorists.