Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die

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Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die
Cyborg (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byAkhtem Seitablayev
Produced byIvanna Dadyura
Written byNatalya Vorozhbyt
  • Makar Tyhomyrov
  • Andriy Isayenko
  • Viktor Zhdanov
  • Roman Yasinkovsky
CinematographyYuriy Korol
Idas Film
Distributed byUFD
Release date
  • 7 December 2017 (2017-12-07)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Ukraine
LanguageUkrainian, Russian

Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die (Ukrainian: Кiборги: Герої не вмирають) is a 2017 Ukrainian War drama film about the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport during the War in Donbass.

Production and release[edit]

Half of the film's US$1.8 million budget was financed by the Ukrainian government, and significant help was provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.[1]

The first official teaser trailer for the movie was released on 15 August 2017.[2]

It was released on 7 December 2017[1] which was symbolically planned for the third anniversary of the fall of the old Donetsk airport terminal.[3]

Parts of the movie were shot in the closed Chernihiv Shestovytsia Airport.[4]


The film depicts the wartime lives of five Ukrainian brothers in arms fighting for control of Donetsk International Airport.[1] The five men represent various social strata, professions, and beliefs for which they are willing to kill and prepared to die.[1]



Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty commented about the movie: While clearly meant to drum up support for the war effort, Cyborgs isn't entirely propagandistic, containing more nuanced scenes than one might expect, and Russian is spoken nearly as much as Ukrainian throughout the film.[1]

Box office[edit]

The movie secured the top spot at the (Ukrainian) Box Office (earning $302,000 USD) in its opening week.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Art Of War: Ukraine Explores Donbas Conflict On Screen, In Books, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (7 December 2017)
  2. ^ UFD Independent Films, КІБОРГИ | Офіційний тизер | 2017, retrieved 20 January 2019
  3. ^ UA TV (12 February 2017). "Story of the "cyborgs": Ukraine's Donetsk airport defenders to hit big screen |". Euromaidan Press. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ Yuliya Tunik (15 December 2017). "Director Akhtem Seitablayev: Yes, the film "Cyborgs" is a propaganda. Propaganda of common sense and taste". Glavcom (in Ukrainian).
  5. ^ Ukraine's Cyborgs about defenders of Donetsk airport wins the box office in 1st weekend (Trailer), UNIAN (12 December 2017)

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