On Thursday the families of the Azowstal defenders appealed to international leaders, particularly the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for help in evacuating Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal combine in Mariupol. “You have the opportunity to go down in history as a hero who brought peace,” the father of one of the soldiers said during a press conference in Kyiv.
At a press conference in Kyiv, relatives of defenders of Azovstal, the last point of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, made an emotional plea to world leaders and the international community to rescue them. The remaining soldiers have vowed to fight to the end if help does not arrive.
After 2½ violent months, the standoff at the Azovstal plant appears to be entering an endgame.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 12, 2022
The remaining soldiers, a force Ukrainian officials say still stands at nearly 1,000, have vowed to fight to the end if help does not arrive. https://t.co/xQTEqLB1vy
#Ukraine has offered #Russia to exchange wounded Ukrainian soldiers who are on the territory of the #Azovstal plant in Mariupol for captured Russian soldiers "according to the standard rules for exchange of prisoners of war",said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk. pic.twitter.com/MQnNTi1TuH— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 11, 2022
⚡️ Russian proxies: Extraction of Ukrainian military from Azovstal won't be allowed.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 12, 2022
Denis Pushilin, leader of the Kremlin’s proxies in Donetsk, said Russian forces continue attempts to seize the steel plant in Mariupol and rule out extraction of Ukrainian soldiers from there.