Pentagon spokesman gets emotional talking about Putin’s actions in Ukraine

Sviatoslav Palamar from the Azov Regiment has been seen recently.
Sviatoslav Palamar from the Azov Regiment has been seen recently. (CNN)

A commander inside the Azovstal steel complex in the besieged city of Mariupol told CNN about the relentless bombing of the facility, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been trapped for weeks.

Sviatoslav Palamar of the Azov Regiment told CNN that there was intense shelling of the Azovstal facility last night from both ships and aircraft.

“At the same time, they are shelling us from the ground,” he said. There had also been attempts to storm the area controlled by Ukrainian troops, he said, but they had been deflected.

“On the one hand, (the Russians) had declared silence and non-combat mode, but in parallel (at the same time) with infantry and equipment, they are trying to storm the territory of the factory,” he told CNN.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his defense minister in Moscow that the facility should be cordoned off but not stormed, saying those who choose to surrender should be treated in accordance with international conventions.

Palamar told CNN that there were a lot of wounded warriors and more than 500 soldiers who needed guarantees that their lives would be saved.

“We also have civilians who will be killed if they storm the factory,” he said.

Palamar said that on Thursday morning, a shelter for the wounded at the facility was shelled.

“It’s very difficult to provide medical assistance to our guys because our operating room was destroyed where the remaining medicine and surgical equipment was stored,” he told CNN.

Asked if the Ukrainian troops left inside Azovstal were ready to surrender, Palamar said: “We are not thinking of any scenarios to give up. We see it only possible through a guarantee from third-party politicians, leaders, possibly the United States. “United Kingdom, Israel or Turkey, a guarantee that would allow any soldier to leave in safety.”

“We are ready to leave this area because it is very difficult and complicated to keep here with our personal weapons. We are ready for extraction, possibly extraction into the territory of a third country, but with our weapons in our hands,” he continued. .

About the situation inside the plant: Palamar told CNN that there was not much food and water left for the plant’s defenders. He said they had a limited amount of ammunition. “We have no chance of destroying the planes and vessels that are attacking us,” he said.

Still, he insisted: “We are not considering giving up or the conditions for giving up. We are only considering guarantees to leave the territory of the facility. If there is no choice left but to give up, we will not give up.”

Palamar stressed that the soldiers in the facility wanted civilians living there to be evacuated.

“We asked for the evacuation of civilians. We have been talking to the whole world since March that international politicians or organizations guarantee the safe extraction of civilians into Ukrainian territory. So if we are asked if we are ready for civilians to leave, “We are not only ready, but we ask that the civilians be rescued first and foremost,” he told CNN.

Speaking about the Ukrainian government’s plan to evacuate civilians stranded at the facility, which was due to take effect on Friday, Palamar said he was aware of such a convoy that would arrive in Mariupol, but that for security reasons he could not comment further. about that.

“We expect the Red Cross and the organizations that are on their way here to take our severely wounded first and foremost, because they need to be treated, they need help,” he said.

Palamar said the soldiers and civilians were in separate parts of the Azovstal facility. They were in basements and bunkers, but some had been wounded.

“There are basements and bunkers that we can not reach because they are under rubble. We do not know if the people there are alive or not. There are children aged four months to 16 years. But there are people trapped in places , which one can “not get to,” he told CNN.

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