Ukrainian forces stationed at Azovstal steelworks, the last stronghold of resistance against the Russian army in the devastated port city of Mariupol (southeast), saying they would not surrender on Sunday (8).
“Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives,” Ilya Somoilenko, intelligence officer of the Azov battalion, told a video broadcast press conference. said.
“We, all the soldiers in the Mariupol garrison, witnessed the war crimes committed by Russia by the Russian army,” he said.
Speaking in Ukrainian and English at the conference, Samoilenko said: “All our supplies are limited. We still have water. We still have ammunition. We have personal weapons. We will fight until the situation is resolved as best we can.” said.
According to the Ukrainian government, large numbers of civilian Ukrainians were there with the fighters until the last women, children and the elderly were evacuated on Saturday.
According to Kiev, evacuation operations sponsored by the UN and the Red Cross allowed the evacuation of about 500 people in one week.
Mariupol, a southeastern port city with a population of about 500,000 before the war, was almost completely destroyed after two months of Russian bombardment.