The Azovstal factory, the last stronghold of the city of Mariupol, besieged by the Russian army, is still occupied by a handful of Ukrainian militants amid relentless bombings. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk announced on Tuesday that nearly a thousand soldiers, including “hundreds of wounded,” were working in the steelworks underground.
This Wednesday, a photojournalist based in the basement with the Ukrainian battalion Azov released a series of photos shared by Sky News showing the gruesome reality of the survivors. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine warned: “There are serious injuries that need to be urgently evacuated.” The photos show this: deformed soldiers, severely skinned, treated in critical condition, hygiene should be observed in makeshift hospitals.
According to Sky News, 34 bombs have been dropped on the metallurgical complex in the last 24 hours. Last week, civilians were able to evacuate from Mariupol with the help of the UN, but the soldiers are in dire straits. According to one of them, all the civilians in the factory have been evicted, but that cannot be verified. Mariupol Mayor Vadim Poitchenko refused to say “100% sure” that all citizens of Azovstalin had been evicted.
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