“We will fight to the end,” says a Ukrainian officer from the besieged city of Mariupol.

“The fighting is fierce, it’s urban guerrilla warfare. It’s street fighting, but there’s really no front line”. This is the situation in Mariupol that was described on Wednesday 13th April by there Samuelenko, Ukrainian officer of the Azov battalion fighting inside Mariupol. About 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers are still inside the city, trapped for more than a month by the Russian army.

Ilya Samoylenko, a Ukrainian officer in the Azov Regiment, recounts the inferno of fighting in Mariupol – Report by Omar Ouahmane and Gilles Gallinaro


Immediately, Ukrainian forces prepare for the fall of the city but do not want to surrender and demand Help from the West, which has not given us military support for the past eight years. I am very grateful to the countries that since February 24 have delivered weapons to Ukraine, Says Ilya Samoilenko. But in Mariupol, besieged by the Russians, we got nothing. ” The officer especially asks about heavy weapons, “more effective”To confront the Russians after killing some “Not less than 2000”, Confirms.

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insist: “We have been fighting without artillery support, without air support and without supplies for more than a month and a half,” he added. there Samoylenko describes a fierce battle: “notWe will fight to the end. We will not give up. We will not fight to the death, but for victory.”. The fighting takes place in a ruined arena, the city has been largely destroyed by the Russian fighting and bombing.

Ilya Samoylenko, officer of the Azov battalion, stationed in Mariupol.  (Omar Othman / Radio France)

According to this officer From the crew of the Azov regiment, A paramilitary group initially created at the time of the Donbass War by an ultra-nationalist leader who to this day still uses the insignia of the SS division of Das Reich, which has been part of the Ukrainian army since 2014,they are russians “use Planes bomb indiscriminately…bombs fall on homes, civilians, hospitals and theaters.”. Soon running out of ammunition, he assured us that the Russians were destroying town, district by district.

Immediately, the situation is desperate, a hell for civilians caught up in the fighting and deprived of everything. If the combatants still had a limited supply of water and food, as this officer points out, the inhabitants trapped there had nothing left, and “They are hungry.”

“Russia is trying to prevent any humanitarian aid from the Ukrainian side. A real genocide! Then the Russians kidnap and transfer the residents of the occupied Mariupol regions,” he added.

Ilya Samoelenko, staff officer of the Azov Regiment

in franceinfo

Ilya Samoilenko claims that it was in her hands Leaflets were distributed to civilians announcing their “move” to the Far East of Russia, to Vladivostok or Kamchatka for example.

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immediately while ‘Civilians are dying in the street’The officer fights every day so that the whole city does not fall into the hands of the Russians. He would also like to point out that if “The enemy is already in the city, he doesn’t control everything contrary to what he claims.”. “Russia may have captured a third of Mariupol, but now they are at war in the cities. In order to be able to claim full control of an area, they have to wipe everything away. What the Russian army is doing with their indiscriminate bombing”, He explains. In addition to that “The Russians violate all the laws of war, all international treaties”.

“They used banned munitions, even chemical weapons, yesterday in Mariupol. We can’t say what it was because we don’t have a laboratory, but the residents showed unusual symptoms.”

Ilya Samuelenko

in franceinfo

for Elijah Samoylenko, Russia in the process “Thousands of war crimes are being committed, here in Mariupol. She is trying very hard to hide her dirty secrets. How does she do that? She shaves everything, so without evidence, no punishment!” When asked what would happen to him if he decided to surrender to the Russians, the officer replied: “If I surrender, they will torture and maimed me, and that is what they will do to me.”. The imminent fall of Mariupol should accelerate the second phase of the Russian offensive, the goal of which is to annex the Donbass region, disputed since then 2014.

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