Russia's Afghan War
10 pages (2500 words)
Amin resisted pressure and refusal sealed his fate. In the following weeks, more than 100,000 men of Soviet motorized units backed by armored and artillery occupied positions near the Afghan border. On Dec. 24, units of the 105th Airborne Division Guards began to land at Kabul airport, establishing a bridgehead from which began its offensive, capturing several air bases, the buildings of the Ministry of Interior and the telephone exchange.