A commander of Ukraine in Mariupol made a direct appeal to Elon Musk on Wednesday, questioning the world’s wealthiest man to intervene on behalf of those trapped by Russian forces in control of the southern city.
The three-month-old battle has been destroyed the strategic port, where people from Ukraine have sustained a pocket of resistance from within the Azovtsal steelworks following weeks of bloody battle.
However, the 36th Separate Marine Brigade commander, Serhiy Volyna, said he created a Twitter account to reach out to Musk. Volyna tweeted at Musk, “People say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible.”
“Our planets are almost next to each other, as I live where it is nearly not possible to survive. Assist us exit of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who?”
Moreover, he called on “every person on the planet Earth” to help ensure Musk saw his appeal.
Earlier this week, Kyiv mentioned that over 1,000 of its troops, many of them wounded, remained in the sprawling Azovstal plant, protecting in the labyrinth of Soviet-era bunkers as well as tunnels from the people from Russia who now control Mariupol.
Along with this, women, children, as well as the elderly have been evacuated from the besieged city as part of a humanitarian mission coordinated by the United Nations as well as the Red Cross.
As per the company, Twitter, which Musk is looking to buy in a $44 billion deal, has observed an explosion of users because of the war in Ukraine, with individuals using the social media service to discover news & support.”
Musk, who has over 92 million followers, has earlier used the platform to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to “single combat” over Ukraine.
Furthermore, last month, the South Africa-born Tesla chief responded to a Ukrainian plea for internet service. It provided equipment to help bring connectivity to areas hit by Russian military attacks.