26 years ago, on February 15, 1989, Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, nine years after they swept into the country. Part of the Cold War, it was fought between Soviet-led Afghan forces against multi-national insurgent groups called the Mujahideen.
The total irrecoverable personnel losses of the Soviet Armed Forces, frontier, and internal security troops came to 14,453. Of the troops deployed, 53,753 were wounded, injured, or sustained concussion and 415,932 fell sick because of local climatic and sanitary conditions, such as acute infections.
Some veterans captured own painful memories in their art.