A commander inside the Azovstal Steel Complex in the besieged city of Mariupol told CNN about the continued bombing of the plant, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been stranded for weeks.
Soyatslav Palmar of the Azov Regiment told CNN that heavy shelling of the Azovastal plant was carried out last night by ships and planes.
“At the same time, they are shelling us from the ground,” he said. He said attempts had been made to invade Ukrainian-held territory, but had failed.
He told CNN: “On the one hand, (the Russians) have declared a mode of silence and non-combat, but with parallel (at the same time) infantry and equipment they try to attack the factory area. “He told CNN.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his defense minister in Moscow that the plant should be sealed but not attacked, and that those who choose to surrender should be treated in accordance with international conventions. ۔
Palmer told CNN that there were many wounded fighters and more than 500 soldiers who needed assurances that their lives would be saved.
“We also have civilians who will be killed in the attack on the factory,” he said.
A shelter for the wounded at the plant was shelled Thursday morning, Palmer said.
“It’s very difficult to provide medical care to our boys, because our surgical room was destroyed where the rest of the medicine and surgical equipment was kept,” he told CNN.
Asked if the Ukrainian troops stationed inside Azovastal were ready to surrender, Palmer said: “We do not consider any scenario of surrender. We consider it only third party politicians, leaders, The United States, of course, sees this as possible only with the help of the United Nations. The state, Israel or Turkey, has a guarantee that will allow every soldier to leave safely. ”
“We are ready to leave the area because it is very difficult and complicated to keep here with our personal weapons. We are ready to evacuate, possibly to the territory of a third country but our weapons are in our hands. . ” .
On the situation inside the plant: Palmer told CNN that there was not much food or water left for the plant’s guards. He said he had a limited amount of ammunition. “We have no possibility of destroying the planes and planes that are shelling us,” he said.
Nevertheless, he insisted: “We do not consider the terms of giving up or giving up. We only consider the guarantee of leaving the plant area. If there is no other option but to give up, we will give up.” Will not believe
Palmer insisted that the soldiers at the plant wanted evacuated civilians.
“We have called for the evacuation of citizens. We have been talking to the world since March that international politicians or organizations guarantee the safe evacuation of citizens from the territory of Ukraine. So if asked if we are citizens. “We are not only ready to leave, but we also say that civilians must be rescued first,” he told CNN.
Talking about the Ukrainian government’s plan to evacuate people trapped in the plant, which was due to take effect on Friday, Palmer said he was aware of a convoy coming to Mariupol, but for security reasons. Can’t talk more about
“We trust the Red Cross and the organizations that are going here first to take our heavily injured, because they need to be treated, they need help,” he said.
Palmer said the military and civilians were in separate parts of the Azustal plant. They were in cells and bunkers but some were injured.
“There are basements and bunkers that we can’t reach because they are under the rubble. We don’t know if the people there are alive or not. There are also children from four months to 16 years old. But in such places. People are stuck where you can. ” Can’t get there, “he told CNN.