Serhiy Volynskyi, a Ukrainian commander holed up in the heavily contested Azovstal Steel Works in Mariupol, sent a chilling final message as Russian forces closed in on the hideout
A terrified Ukrainian commander stationed at a steel mill besieged by Russian troops sent his last known message, warning that he was about to lose contact with the outside world.
Serhiy Volynskyi sent his final chilling message as brutal Russian forces attempted to storm the Ukrainian defenders’ last stand.
The Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol is reportedly in a desperate state as soldiers and civilians hide from invading troops and alleged bombings.
Multiple reports include wounded soldiers and lost limbs, as well as a civilian calling the shelter “hell,” Metro reports.
Mr Volynskyi sent his last known message to a board member of the pro-Ukrainian Razom organization this morning, saying: “Hello, everything is very complicated.
“Soon there will be no more reception.”
Russia has increasingly intensified its bombing of the falling shelter, with an aide reportedly telling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that a full-scale attack is now underway.
Maryna Prychodko, another Razom board member, told Metro: “Since Tuesday, after evacuating only a small number of civilians, not the wounded or soldiers, from the steel plant, the Russian army has been attacking Azovstal with increased intensity.
“The situation is now even more critical than it was two weeks ago.
“There are reports that the Russian army has actually infiltrated the facility leaving no chance for anyone to survive, thousands of people are still hiding there using the facility as a shelter.
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“Only a miracle can save her now. But it is not too late for another evacuation or extraction.”
Brutal fighting broke out yesterday at the Soviet-era factory where 200 civilians are hiding.
Around 156 civilians were rescued from hiding between Friday (April 29) and Monday (May 2) – many of whom have shared accounts of the appalling conditions inside.
It is not clear how many soldiers remain at the Azovstal Steelworks, as Russia puts the number at around 2,000.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy accused Russia of halting “massive strikes in Azovstal” and attempting to besiege the plant despite evacuation agreements.