I am Serhiy Volyna, Commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Belinsky, am addressing to you from the besieged Mariupol.
For more than 50 days, the defenders of the city have been heroically defending themselves, despite the overwhelming enemy forces and constant air bombardments, artillery and rocket fire. Mariupol is still a Ukrainian city, no matter what Russian propaganda tells you. We fight in fierce battles every day and hold back thousands of enemy troops, preventing them from advancing. This is at the cost of superhuman efforts and great losses.
But we need your help. The enemy took the city in a ring and is holding hundreds of thousands of civilians hostage. In our military bunkers there are women, who’re hiding with children, including babies. Mostly relatives of our military, who are wanted by the Russians. Without heat, water, food.
Our wounded die in unbearable torment every day, because medicines, disinfectants, and anesthesia are long over.
Ukrainian authorities have negotiated humanitarian corridors with the Russians, involving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, the Russian side did not keep its word and all the efforts were in vain.
We beg the world for help in evacuating the wounded, children, women and the bodies of the dead.
There were too few attempts to do so!
We call on world politicians, public and religious figures not to be indifferent to people who have fallen into the trap of Mariupol against their will.
Now we, the military, are forced not only to fight the overwhelming forces of the enemy, but also to take care of more than a thousand civilians
Do not believe Russia's promises of a "green corridor" for the military. There is no doubt that this is a hoax to destroy the Ukrainian military group in Mariupol without a fight.
We will not give up and will fight to the end.
But our loyalty to the oath was not enough to liberate Mariupol.
The city needs to be unblocked immediately.
To do this, we need heavy weapons. It is in the power of the EU and the US to provide it to us.
Heavy weapons for the defenders of Mariupol will save the Ukrainian military group.
Mariupol can be saved. We are ready to fight to the last drop of blood. But we must know that the world has done everything possible for this. Then we are ready to do even the impossible for our country.