Kyiv — Russia continues to knock on steel mills.The captives laid siege to the southern port city of Mariupol on Thursday, hours after the mayor’s advisor said the Russian invaders had blocked all evacuation routes out of the city. Advisor Petro Andriushchenko said that after weeks of Russian bombardment in Mariupol there are few suitable apartments left and little food or water to live in.
Andriushchenko said some of the residents who remained in the city were cooperating with the Russian occupation forces in exchange for food.
Ukrainian officials say hundreds of troops are hiding in the destroyed Azovstal steel plant. CBS News Correspondent Debora Patta met with the wives, mothers and sisters of the army gathered in Kyiv’s central Maidan Square to call for intervention in the world.
The families of Ukrainian Regiment soldiers who have been barricaded beneath the Mariupol plant under ruthless Russian bombing for two months are calling for rescue. They know they run out of time.
The video inside the plant makes it hard to imagine how someone survived there for so long.
The Ukrainian government has offered to exchange some seriously wounded soldiers for Russian prisoners of war. fighters, members, close to hunger. Many have had their limbs amputated by medics operating without proper supplies in the Soviet-era tunnels below the ironworks.
Lilia Stupina told Patta that the world wasn’t enough to rescue the warriors, including her husband Andrey, whom she met in high school.
“I will go to Mariupol alone with a gun,” she told CBS News. “I will do everything to save him.”
Some Azov Regiment families are launching a global campaign, where the West intervenes to help soldiers escape the steel mills. Two wives, Katerina Prokovenko, 27, and Julia Pedosouq, 29, visited Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, urging them to “please don’t let them die.”
After the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the women spoke with Francis for about five minutes, asking for personal pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow men to escape to third countries. ”
across the south and east of Ukrainefor several weeks. Civilians forced to flee towns and cities in the region have witnessed a horror no one should see.
“Young people have no future, and old people have no past,” said a teenage boy who became wise beyond his age thanks to the man-made disasters inflicted on his country.
The northeastern city of Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine and a thriving metropolis just three months ago, is a cat and mouse game and the dangers are never far away.
Ukrainian forces are rushing to take cover as Russian missiles and artillery pour in. But in each village, Ukrainian garrison forces are pushing Russian forces from the northern outskirts of Kharkiv towards the Russian border.
As Vladimir Putin’s forces retreat, they leave traces of death and destruction. Countless Ukrainians have lost their homes and hopes. Almost everything was everything except life. And thousands paid the ultimate price.
Lovers gathered in Kyiv’s Maidan Square on Thursday were desperate to prevent further losses. If Russia succeeds in breaking the will of the army still standing under the Mariupol Works, it will take full control of the core city, but the city is reduced to rubble.