Russian forces stormed the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. As survivors were safe, they began telling their stories.
One woman stated that the assault started “as soon we were taken out” from the plant in the Ukrainian port.
Another woman spoke about the “animal fear she felt” when her building was bombed.
Mariupol Mayor Vadym Borichenko stated that 200 civilians remain inside the steelworks. However, 100,000 people are still in Mariupol.
Sviatoslav Palmar, deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment said that the Russians were mounting an assault, using “support of armored vehicles and tanks, as well as attempts to land troops from ships and a large amount of infantry.”
Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime Minister, stated that “we’ll do everything possible to repel the attack.”
“But, we are calling for urgent steps to evacuate civilians who remain in the plant.”
It started almost two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin directed his military to storm the plant and block it off.
Osnat Lubrani (UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine) said that 101 people, including children, left the “bunkers” beneath the plant over the weekend and saw the “daylight following two months”.
They will be receiving “humanitarian aid, including psychological care,” Ms Lubrani stated.
They arrived in Zaporizhzhia, 140 miles northwest from Mariupol on Tuesday and explained their experiences.
One woman asked how Russian forces could “do that in the 21st century”.
She wondered aloud, “What kinda head do you need to have to think of something like that?”
She said that her family’s homes were reduced to rubble.
“I had a house, my children had houses, my mother had a house, my son-in law had a home, and all of that is now nothing, it’s ashes.”
The woman claimed that after lying down in a corridor for four consecutive days, there was a direct hit to the building in which she was located.
“The door slammed against my ear. We grabbed our belongings and began to run.
She said it was terrifying, “Do you know what animal terror is?” It’s scary. I didn’t know what animal fear meant.
“We grabbed our dogs and our blankets, that was it. We also got some food.
Another woman stated that she was concerned for her boyfriend, who had stayed at the steelworks.
Mariupol now consists of “bricks mixed in soil”, she said to reporters upon arriving in Zaporizhzhia. The nine-floor apartment she lives in now is “just an abomination”.
She said that Russians attacked buildings without considering whether residents were inside.
She said, “I lived in basements during my time at the steelworks.” We cooked our food over a campfire. We were fed by the military and able to sleep on benches, doors, or on top of each other.
She described herself as “lucky” and said that they had water they could heat over the campfire, which they were able wash.
She said, “It was because of the military.” “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to survive.”
“As soon we were brought out (Russians), began to storm the Steel Works.”