Despite the dire situation at the Izostal steel plant, the last step of the Ukrainian army in the main port city of Mariupol, according to the militants there, civilians continue to seek refuge from Russian aggression.
Major Serahi Volina, acting commander of the Ukrainian Marine Unit defending the plant, told the New York Times in a telephone interview on Friday that there were still some areas in the city for residents to flee.
“There are various shelters used by civilians that have been destroyed,” he said. “These people come to us.”
Russia considers the capture of Mariupol important in securing a land bridge connecting Crimea to Donbas in southern Ukraine, and its forces continue to shell the plant. The plant has become a haven for thousands of stranded Ukrainian fighters and civilians. Efforts to establish safe evacuation corridors have been repeatedly thwarted by Russia’s continued shelling, and there is little food left inside.
Over the past few days, Ukrainian forces have stormed the Steel Complex Post videos on social media. To draw attention to the plight of the refugees, especially women and children.
The fact that civilians are still trying to take refuge there – with no chance of escape or escape – suggests that they will have to face another location in the devastated city.
“The population is changing and growing by the day,” said Major Valina. “We have gone far beyond the definition of human catastrophe.”