Singer Ruslana asks Turkey for help for Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol

A Ukrainian singer and former Eurovision Song Contest winner has appealed to Turkey’s president to rescue Ukrainian militants from the besieged city of Mariupol amid the Russian war.

uslana, whose song Wild Dances catapulted her to number one in the music competition in 2004, spoke at a press conference in Istanbul.

She was flanked by the mothers and wives of the “Mariupol defenders” — Ukrainian fighters defending the city’s steel mill.

“Side Ukraine. United for Ukraine. Help Mariupol. Help Azovstal. Help our brave Ukrainian soldiers,” she said.


Ruslana, center, speaks during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

“I firmly believe that today’s Turkish President Erdogan, who has an international role and presence, will help our citizens in need.”

It is estimated that several hundred Ukrainian fighters are holed up at the sprawling Azovstal Steelworks, the last hotbed of resistance in a city that has been largely reduced to rubble over the past two months.

Ruslana’s comments came as Europe pushed to ramp up its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden deciding alongside Finland to seek NATO membership and European Union officials working to salvage proposed sanctions on Russian oil. Singer Ruslana asks Turkey for help for Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol

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