Civilians found inside the steel factory Azovstal in Mariupol Factory neighbors and workers’ relatives Who know the intricate corridors in the different basements. They arrived there fleeing the intense Russian bombardment that has been going on for more than a month. After they were prevented from leaving Mariupol to the west of the country.
They have been without food, heating or medicine for weeks.. Show photos uploaded to Telegram network Rooms full of boys and women and old people with depressed faces After several days of confinement.
This Saturday, it was known Video from inside the factorywhich shows the women and children who say,They run out of powerAnd they should be Expeditiously to the territory controlled by Ukraine.
according to what i said guardianThe pictures were taken on Thursday. The women say 15 children live in tunnels under the vegetation, ranging in age from infants to teens.. They are trapped with their families and other civilians, including factory workers.
The video shows several children, one of whom appears to be doing his homework in a coloring book, surrounded by clothes and makeshift beds.. A girl with a hood says that She desperately needs to see the sunlight again s Breathe fresh air After weeks of living in isolation: “We were playing on the phone but we want to go home, we want to see the sun“, claimed.
Meanwhile, a little boy said, “Hey, I see you’ve come and I want to say something. Really, what we all want is to go home.” We want to come back alive to see our parents. Oh, not our parents… our familiesWhile another boy with a hat added:We really miss you“.
A soldier was also heard asserting:We are all friends now, and once we leave here, they will still be our friends.“.
An unidentified woman said she spent 50 days underground, since February 25, the second day of the invasion of Ukraine by the army of Vladimir Putin. Others tell He took refuge in the factory at the beginning of MarchWhere Russian forces bombed their apartments with artillery and air strikes.
“Food and water are about to run out“The woman continued, with the people.”On the verge of starvation“.”All the supplies we brought are running out. Soon we won’t even have enough food for the kids‘, he confirmed.
And added: “We are here and we need help. We are in the epicenter of events and we cannot get out of it. My son needs to be evacuated to a peaceful area and so do the others. We ask for security guarantees for our children“.
“We care about the lives of our children and elderly parents who need medical care. They are running out of life force and strength. There is not a single day without bombing. They are even afraid to go to the bathroom‘, he finished.
The Ukrainian government is trying to create a human corridor Civilians inside the factory are allowed to leave safely but Putin’s forces are preventing this for the time being.
Azovstal has a long history of industrialization in the Soviet Union. It was created in 1930 by a decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy of the USSR It entered the production line in 1933 when the blast furnace produced the first iron plate. In January 1935, steel production began when The first 250 ton tilting furnace was commissionedwhich was a major technological advance at the time.
Six years later, with the Nazi occupation, the factory was disabled and despite efforts by the Germans to restart the kilns, they were unable to do so. newly In September 1943, when the Red Army regained control of Mariupol, reconstruction began. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the factory returned to very low production levels and its furnaces caused terrible pollution throughout the region. Until it was privatized and the plant began to produce nearly 6000 million tons of steel annuallyan absolute record and a colossal success for Ukraine apart from Moscow’s authority.
Azovstal Iron and Steel Works is an integrated company of the Italian company Metinvest. Until the Russian invasion, it was producing rolled profiles and semi-finished sheet metal products used in shipbuilding, electrical engineering, bridge construction, and the production of large diameter tubes for gas and oil pipelines. It is also the largest manufacturer of railroad tracks in Eastern Europe.. Selling to everyone. The owner of this factory and the entire holding company Rinat Akhmetov, the richest man in Ukraine.