The commander of a Ukrainian Marine Brigade is pleading with tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to assist soldiers in evacuating a besieged steel facility.
Wednesday, the interim commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, Major Serhiy Volyna, tweeted a plea to the world's richest man. Volyna is among the Ukrainian forces entrenched in the Azovstal, the last stronghold against Russian troops in Mariupol's southern port city. Volyna's request arrives when Ukrainian officials negotiate with Russia to withdraw their wounded service members.
"@elonmusk People think you're from another planet and encourage people to believe the unimaginable is attainable "Volyna remarked in his tweet. "Our planets are adjacent, as I reside on a planet where survival is practically impossible. Assist us in leaving Azovstal for a neutral nation. Unless you, then who? Provide a hint."
Volyna stated in a Facebook post that he created a Twitter account solely to communicate with Musk, the CEO of electric-car and space-transportation companies Tesla and SpaceX. Musk is in the final stages of acquiring Twitter. Volyna appealed to "every person on planet Earth, help make Elon see my appeal," stressing Elon Musk's optimistic future vision.
Last month, Volyna made a popular video on Facebook pleading with international leaders to remove the Ukrainian military from the plant, as Russian equivalents vastly outnumbered them. He stated in the video, "we will not lay down our weapons." In a Facebook post on Tuesday, he reissued his request for global leaders to assist in the evacuation of forces.
There is insufficient food and medical care for the wounded among the Ukrainian military stationed in the Azovstal facility. The Azov Battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard claimed: "completely unsanitary conditions, with open wounds dressed with non-sterile remnants of bandages."
The brigade stated, "We demand the immediate evacuation of wounded servicemen to Ukrainian-controlled territories where they will be assisted and provided with proper care,"
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Iryna Vereshchuk, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, stated that it is "impossible to unblock Azovstal by military means" and that Ukrainian officials are negotiating with Russia to evacuate the wounded.
She stated that the Russians do not concur with "extraction," which removes military soldiers from a hazardous situation.
"The government is working out different options," Vereshchuk stated. "None of them are flawless. However, we are not seeking an ideal solution, but a viable one."