The Kharkiv-Uzhhorod train has been painted, each carriage with a different theme, this one devoted to the battle for Azovstal. Pretty striking.
"We're back to fight on!" said Ptashka, famous for songs in Azovstal, who recently returned from Russian captivity "Licking wounds & to the frontline. Every defender of Mariupol will return home. Every piece of Ukrainian land will be regained," she said
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Putin is hailing Russia's "liberation" of Mariupol after his forces completely destroyed during a two-month siege. He told defense minister Sergei Shoigu to block off the Azovstal metallurgical plant, where the last Ukrainian troops are holed up, "so that a fly can't get in."
The Marine commander at Azovstal appealed to Erdogan "I am appealing to Turkish people,to President to apply extraction procedure,to do all to take Mariupol garrison to ,to practically take us away with sec.guarantees from side. We are much counting on your help" @HaberturkTV
It's Ukraine's version of the Alamo. For 80 days, Russians met unyielding Ukrainian resistance in an apocalyptic siege at a steel factory. The battle for Azovstal has already become legend. This is the story of the fighters and civilians who were there.
defender Serhiy Volyna writes from Azovstal: "It is as if I found myself in some hellish reality show where we, military,are fighting for life, using every chance,&the world is watching an interesting story. This is real:pain, suffering, hunger, torment, tears, fear, death" 1/2
Happening now: Svyatoslav Palamar, second in command of the Azov Regiment in Mariupol, and Illia Samoilenko, an Azov Regiment lieutenant, are speaking to journalists from inside the Azovstal plant via Zoom. They paint a dire picture of the situation there.
"If world civilization still has common spiritual values, if ppl can still feel pain of others, if a plea 4 help can call 2 action, then I call to fight 4 Mariupol garrison! Marines R always faithful!" Serhiy Volyna calls on world to launch extraction for defenders at Azovstal
Situation in Mariupol Azovstal growing more dire. Marine commander Serhiy Volyna says ~600 wounded troops in serious condition, w/o meds, in unsanitary conditions; 100s of civilians including many kids, people with disabilities underground. They’re running out of food and water.