Wedding in the Azov steel plant: Putin’s henchmen bombed a three-day-old wedding

She promised her lover that she would come out of the siege – and live for both of them.

Three days after their wedding in Asow Stahlwerk the young marriage of a Ukrainian couple was bombarded – by Putin’s henchmen!


The Mariupol steel plant has been under siege for weeksFoto: Uncredited/dpa

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The Mariupol steel plant has been under siege for weeksPhoto: uncredited/dpa

The heartbreaking story was shared by the National Guard of Ukraine on Facebook.

Valeria Karpylenko and her lover Andriy fought together to defend their country. His nickname: “Nava”. His nickname: “The Beard”. On May 5, they were married at the beleaguered Azov Steelworks in Mariupol, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers are still besieged by Russian troops.

The photos show the couple’s hands, both wearing a simple wedding band. Three days after the wedding, Andriy was killed, leaving Valeria a widow.


They wanted to shake hands for life, but the war destroyed their dreams

They wanted to shake hands for life, but the war destroyed their dreams

In the post, she addresses her husband: “You were my legal husband for three days. For eternity you are my love. My dear caring husband. You were and are the best. All I have left , it’s your last name, your loving family and memories of happy times together.


Even before the war in Ukraine, Andriy and Valeria were a coupleFoto: Facebook Ukrainische Nationalgarde

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Even before the war in Ukraine, Andriy and Valeria were a couplePhoto: Ukrainian National Guard Facebook

The liberation of Mariupol would cost many victims

Ukraine’s military leadership, meanwhile, has dampened hopes of launching an offensive to free fighters trapped in the Mariupol steelworks. “As of today, such an unblocking operation would require a significant number of soldiers because the Ukrainian forces are 150-200 kilometers from Mariupol,” Deputy Chief of Staff Oleksiy Hromov said on Wednesday. Because the Russian troops have also built powerful defense systems in the meantime, such an operation causes many casualties.

The port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine has been besieged by Russian troops for more than two months. The last Ukrainian fighters, including marines and units of the Azov regiment, entrenched themselves in the steelworks of Azovstal. They call on kyiv and the international community to work to save them, by diplomatic or military means.


The Last Resistance at the Mariupol Steel Plant - Infographic

In recent weeks, around 500 civilians who were also staying at the steelworks were rescued via refugee corridors. Russia refuses a free withdrawal of fighters. They must lay down their arms and go into captivity.

According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk, around 1,000 defenders are still at the factory, half of them injured. According to Russian information, 2,500 Ukrainian fighters and foreign mercenaries are holed up in the steelworks.

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