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“If not you, then who?”: Azovstal defenders ask Musk for help

“If not you, then who?”
Azovstal defenders ask Musk for help

Tesla boss Musk provides satellite internet to Ukraine and challenges Russian President Putin to a one-on-one duel. The right man to save the remaining Ukrainian troops from the Mariupol Steelworks? Their commander has no doubt about it.

A Ukrainian military commander in the besieged port city of Mariupol has made a desperate appeal to the world’s richest man, Elon Musk. The commander of the 36th Naval Brigade, Serhiy Volyna, wrote on Twitter to the Tesla boss: “Help us get from Azov steel to a mediator country. If not you, then who?”

Wolyna and his unit have been waiting for weeks in the steelworks besieged by Russian troops. In his message to Musk, the commander explained that he had set up a Twitter account specifically to reach the future owner of the news platform. “They say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible,” he wrote to Musk. “Our planets are next to each other as I live where it is almost impossible to survive.” He called on “everyone on planet earth” to help Musk heed his appeal.

According to the Ukrainian government, more than 1,000 soldiers remain in the Soviet-era steel mill’s extensive underground facilities. They are the last defenders in the strategically important port city of Mariupol, which apart from the industrial area is completely under Russian control. Hundreds of civilians have been evacuated from the facilities in recent weeks.

Musk had used Twitter before taking over the company to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to a “one-on-one” over Ukraine. The head of electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX has also sent equipment for its Starlink satellite internet service to Ukraine to provide internet access to areas affected by Russian military attacks.

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