Ukrainian marine commander makes last-ditch plea for evacuation from Mariupol

This is our appeal to the world … we are probably facing our last days, if not hours,” Major Serhiy Volyna, commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade said in a video 张贴在脸书上, according to a translation posted with the video.

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Russian forces outnumbered Ukrainians 10 to one, Volyna said.

Major Serhiy Volyna, commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, speaks in a video published on Facebook

Major Serhiy Volyna, commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, speaks in a video published on Facebook (脸书)

We are only defending one object, the Azovstal plant, 哪里, in addition to military personnel, there are also civilians who have fallen victim to this war,” the marine commander added. He said there were “多于 500 受伤的” at the plant and “数百” of civilians sheltering in the building.

Unverified video of women and children said to be bunkers beneath the Azovstal plant in Mariupol has circulated in recent days.

Moscow has given the Ukrainian forces several deadlines to surrender the plant and leave without their weapons. The latest was set to expire at 2 下午. Moscow time (11 上午. 格林威治标准时间) 在四月 20.

Smoke rises above Azovstal steelworks, in Mariupol, 乌克兰, in this still image obtained from a recent drone video posted on social media.

Smoke rises above Azovstal steelworks, in Mariupol, 乌克兰, in this still image obtained from a recent drone video posted on social media. (MARIUPOL CITY COUNCIL/via REUTERS)

We appeal to all word leaders to help us,” and extract the marines and civilians to a third-party state, Volyna pleaded. He tagged U.S. 总统拜登, 英国. 总理鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson), and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Facebook post.

The commander previously appealed to Pope Francis to help evacuate civilians from Azovstal.

RUSSIA’S SURRENDER DEADLINE FOR MARIUPOL FIGHTERS HOLED UP IN STEEL PLANT PASSES

The troops have defied previous deadlines Russia imposed, demanding that they either surrender or die.

The Azovstal Iron and Steel Works was once the site of one of the largest metallurgical factories in Europe, but since the onslaught of the war more than 50 days ago it has become a symbol of the city’s resistance.

The plant’s network of underground tunnels has become home to Mariupol residents seeking shelter from the barrage of shelling and a base for several military units.

A few thousand Ukrainian troops, by Russia's estimate, remained holed up at a mammoth steel mill in Mariupol,  the last known pocket of resistance in the devastated southern port city.

A few thousand Ukrainian troops, by Russia’s estimate, remained holed up at a mammoth steel mill in Mariupol, the last known pocket of resistance in the devastated southern port city. (美联社)

Despite weeks of intense shelling that has resulted in the death of more than 20,000 Mariupol residents according to Mayor Vadym Boychenko, Russian forces have been unable to take the strategically important city.

An advisor to the Russian-backed separatist forces in the Donetsk region said the Azovstal tunnels were a leading contributor to Russia’s failed attempts to completely besiege the city, 声称 that they could withstand “甚至 [一个] nuclear strike.

Russia launched a full-scale offensive in eastern Ukraine this week, after pivoting from broad-based attacks across the country, including a massive assault on the capital of Kyiv.

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