Ukrainian fighter trapped in Mariupol Works asks Elon Musk for help

One of hundreds of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the besieged Azovstal ironworks in Mariupol turned to Elon Musk to help evacuate the remaining survivors.

The ironworks is the last stronghold in the southeastern port city that has been bombarded by Russian troops for several weeks.

Many civilians were rescued from this huge factory under an agreement with Russia last week, but no agreement was reached with Moscow over the release of the fighters, many were wounded and faced with food and food shortages.

“The people of Elon Musk say you came from another planet to teach people to believe the impossible. Marine Corps commander Sergi Bolina wrote on Twitter in a plea to the Tesla billionaire.

Elon Musk hasn’t responded to your request yet

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“Help us get out of Azovstal into an arbitration country. If not you, who are you? Please give me a hint.”

Musk, the world’s richest man, owns rocket company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, and last month agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion (£36 billion). It’s not immediately clear whether Musk has yet seen the tweet asking for his help.

Serhiy Volina is one of the warriors defending the last territories of the besieged city of Mariupol.

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Ukrainian officials say about 1,000 fighters are holding out in Azovstal’s many underground tunnels, and hundreds are seriously injured and need urgent evacuation. The plant is experiencing a serious Russian fire. When Ukraine’s internet was disrupted by a Russian invasion in February, Musk responded to a tweet from a Ukrainian government official asking for help. Musk said SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is available in Ukraine and that SpaceX is sending more terminals to Ukraine.

Photos released on Wednesday show wounded warriors trapped in a steel mill. Combatants from the Azov Battalion said their wounded comrades were living in unsanitary conditions “without sterile bandages and bandages and without the necessary medicines and food.”

Ukrainian soldiers in the shelter of the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol


They urged that “the entire civilized world should see and act on the plight of the wounded and crippled defenders of Mariupol.”

“We demand the immediate evacuation of wounded soldiers to areas controlled by Ukraine,” their statement said.

The seaside ironworks is the only part of the strategic port city not occupied by Russian forces. Tunnels and bunkers that stretch deep beneath the factory’s basement have evacuated hundreds of civilians there to escape violent shelling on the city.

Ukrainian and Russian officials said earlier this week that the last remaining women, children and the elderly had been evacuated from the factories, but confusion remained as to whether all civilians were evacuated after two Ukrainian officials on Tuesday said some remained.

The wives of some militants appealed to Pope Francis this week to intervene with President Vladimir Putin to allow their husbands to escape the factory and go to the arbitration office.

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