Marine in besieged Mariupol says ‘maybe facing our last days, if not hours’

A commander of the Ukrainian marines fighting in the last stronghold of Mariupol said his forces are “perhaps facing our last days, if not hours” and called for extraction in a Facebook post published early Wednesday.

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“The enemy outnumbers us ten to one,” said Serhiy Volyna, of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, sheltering in the besieged Azovstal factory, a large plant with underground tunnels where Russian fighters pin down defenders. Ukrainians.

“We appeal and plead with all world leaders to help us,” Volyna said in the video. “We ask them to use the extraction procedure and take us to the territory of a third state.”

It is not possible to verify the information provided by either side given the scale of the fighting and the lack of communications in Mariupol.

Russian forces are believed to have gradually pushed their way into the city and some Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that a hospital near the Azovstal plant was attacked.

Volyna said the Russians had “an advantage in the air, in artillery, in their forces on the ground, in equipment and in tanks.”

“We are only defending one object, the Azovstal plant, where in addition to military personnel, there are also civilians who have been victims of this war,” he added.

Russia called on Ukrainian forces in Mariupol on Tuesday to “immediately” lay down their arms in a new ultimatum.

His defense ministry said Ukrainian forces still holed up inside Azovstal faced a “catastrophic situation.”

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