They fight so bravely – and yet it is clear that nothing will happen without outside help.
Now Sergey Volyna (30), commander of the 36th Marine Brigade, is also asking for help and help from Elon Musk (50). He and his comrades have been in the Azov Steelworks in Mariupol for weeks, putting up fierce resistance and protecting the civilians still in the steelworks catacombs.
► He created a Twitter account for his appeal for help to the richest man in the world. He writes: “Help us move from the steel of Azov to a mediating country. If not you, then who?
And further: “They say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible,” he wrote to Musk. “Our planets are side by side because I live where it is almost impossible to survive.” He called on “every human being on planet Earth” to help Musk answer his call.
According to the Ukrainian government, more than a thousand soldiers remain in the vast underground facilities of the Soviet-era steelworks. They are the last defenders of the strategically important port city of Mariupol, which is now fully under Russian control outside of the industrial zone. Hundreds of civilians have been evacuated from the facilities in recent weeks.
Musk had previously used Twitter before taking over the company to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) to a “one-on-one” over Ukraine. The founder of electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX also sent equipment for his Starlink satellite internet service to Ukraine to provide internet access to areas hit by Russian military attacks.