A Ukrainian soldier trapped at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol appeals to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. Commander Sergei Volina hopes Musk can help evacuate the factory that Russian troops have surrounded for weeks.
“People say you’re from another planet, and you teach people to believe in the impossible. My planet is right next to yours because I’m in a place where it’s almost impossible to survive,” Volina wrote on Twitter in a statement message to Musk.
He asks for an evacuation to a third country that could help with the mediation. Volina also made this appeal to all world leaders at the end of April. Because they haven’t been able to help yet, the commander now turns to the richest man in the world: “If you can’t help us, who can?”
The Azovstal plant is the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance against Russian forces in the southern city of Mariupol. The Russians have completely taken the city, but Ukrainian soldiers are still in the factory. On Tuesday, authorities said more than 1,000 fighters were still there. In addition, more than a hundred civilians are said to be hiding at the factory site.
Earlier in the war, Musk and his company SpaceX sent Starlink satellites to Ukraine to improve internet connections. He also did so in response to a Twitter appeal from Deputy Prime Minister Mychailo Fyodorov of the country. Musk has not yet responded to Volina’s tweet.