The wives of Mariupol’s defenders appeal for the evacuation of the soldiers

The wives of Mariupol’s defenders appeal for the evacuation of the soldiers
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Rome – Two Ukrainian women whose husbands guard a besieged steel mill in the southern city of Mariupol ask anyone. Evacuation of civilians They say they fear that soldiers, including soldiers, will torture and kill themselves if they are captured and separated by Russian forces.

“The lives of the soldiers are also important. “We can’t just talk about the civilian population,” said 29-year-old Yulia Fedusyuk, wife of Arseniy Fedusyuk, a member of the Mariupol Azov regiment. We hope we can save all the soldiers, not just the dead, not just the wounded.

He and his wife, Denis Prokopenko, Azov commander Katerina Prokopenko, on Friday appealed to Rome for international assistance to evacuate the Azovstal facility, the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the now bombed strategic port city.

About 2,000 Ukrainian defenders and 1,000 civilians are trapped in a massive underground network of factory bunkers that can withstand airstrikes. But in recent days, after Russian forces dropped “bunkers” and other ammunition, conditions have worsened due to running out of food, water and medicine.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to organize the evacuation from the factory at a meeting attended by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Moscow this week. But according to the UN, the discussions were about civilians, not militants.

27-year-old English-speaking Prokopenko requested a Dunkirk-style mission, citing a WWII naval operation launched in northern France to rescue British and Allied troops surrounded by German forces.

“We can carry out this mining operation that will save our soldiers, civilians and children,” he said. “We have to do it now because people die, every hour, every second.”

The women said 600 soldiers were injured as a result of the gangrene. They were provided with creepy videos and photos sent by their husbands to men with amputated limbs, bullets and other injuries. They say people eat porridge, stale cheese, and plain bread.

The Azov regiment has its roots in the Azov Battalion, founded in 2014 by far-right activists backed by eastern separatists, backed by Ukraine and Moscow, and has been criticized for its tactics.

Fedusiuk said he and Prokopenko sought help from European, US and international organizations to find a diplomatic solution to the Azovstal conflict.

He said the soldiers would never surrender to the Russians.

“We don’t know of any Azov soldiers who have survived Russian troops since 2014, so they are tortured and killed,” Fedusyuk said. “We know for sure, so this isn’t an option for them.”

Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield contributed to Rome.

Source: Washington Post