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The appeal of "Azov" regiment commander from Mariupol

For more than 50 days, Ukraine has been fighting for its future. Mariupol city has already become a symbol of Ukrainian courage. "Azov" regiment, 36th Marine Brigade and other military formations of Ukraine stay in the city, which has been surrounded by Russian forces and its proxies since March 1st.

On April 18th, "Azov" regiment commander, Denys Prokopenko, made one more appeal to all people of Ukraine and the civilized worlds. In this appeal (scroll down to see the video and text), he says that Russian forces continue bombing the "Azovstal" steel factory, where hundreds of civilians found shelter and stay there now together with Ukrainian soldiers with no chance to escape.

Denys Prokopenko supports his words with a 5-minutes video showing kids and their mothers who describe their experience of sitting in a shelter for several days.

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The direct speech of Denys:

"I am commander of Azov regiment, Denis Prokopenko. I call to the leaders of the world. Right now, in Mariupol, at "Azovstal" steel factory hundreds of civilians are sheltering. Among them - people of all ages, women, children, families of Mariupol defenders. They are sheltering in the basements and bunkers from "russian world"
They found their only available shelter next to the Ukrainian soldiers, who are still defending the city from russian invaders.
Russian occupational forces, and their proxy from "lnr/dnr" know that, they know about civilians, and they keep their fire on the factory willingly. They use free fall bombs, rockets, bunker-buster bombs, all varieties of artillery, both ground and naval for indiscriminate attacks.
City theater, maternity hospital, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, houses were destroyed by those who now offers civilians evacuation and safety. These are the same people. And nobody believes these bastards. Therefore I urge the politicians of all civilized world to organize a proper "green corridor", ensure it's safety and provide immediate evacuation and protection of civilians, wounded soldiers, and bodies of dead soldiers, to bury them with honors."

18.04.2022, War Day 54

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