Mariupol has been at the heart of Russian aggression in recent weeks, with the Azovstal steel plant now the only area not under the invaders’ control.
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Confusing footage shows a young boy saying he is desperate to see the sun as about 15 children huddle in an underground bunker in besieged Mariupol.
The Ukrainian city has been the focus of Russian aggression in recent weeks, with the Azovstal steel plant currently the only area not under the control of the invaders.
Ukraine says Vladimir Putin’s forces have launched an attack on the factory where an estimated 1,000 civilians are sheltering – with the Russian leader blocking supplies to starve those inside.
A clip released by Ukraine’s Azov regiment shows a woman saying more than 15 children are hiding in a room where a rabbit is on guard around it.
One boy pleaded: “I want to see the sun because it’s overcast here, unlike outside.
“When our houses are rebuilt, we can live in peace. Let Ukraine win because Ukraine is our homeland.”
And one girl who said she ran away from home in February said: “We didn’t see the sky or the sun… We really wanted to get out of here.
“We want it to be safe for us, so no one gets hurt, and then live in safety.”
She added: “I want to get out… to be safe. I don’t want to risk getting out just to get hit by shrapnel, for example.”
It is believed that many families inside the factory have been inside since the invasion of Russia began.
Signs that say ‘Children’ in red paint are hung on the walls.
Moscow claims to have taken control of the port city in southern Ukraine.
But Ukraine says Russia has been unable to control steel mills, which remain the last stronghold in Putin’s war against aggressors.
Russia has made capturing the city an important goal and civilians have endured weeks of shelling, with a maternity hospital and a theater sheltering civilians among the buildings destroyed in the attacks. bombing.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced today in an Orthodox Easter message that no “evil” will destroy the country and prayed to God to return happiness to children and bring comfort to those grieving mother.
Standing inside one of the country’s most famous landmarks, the 1,000-year-old Church of Saint Sophia in Kyiv, Zelenskiy said in a video address that Ukraine will overcome the darkness brought by war.
“Today, we still believe in the new victory of Ukraine and we are all firmly convinced that we will not be destroyed by any mobs or evil,” Zelenskiy said.
“We are going through dark times and on this day I – and most of us – don’t wear light-colored clothes, but we are fighting for
brilliant idea. ”
At least 213 children have been killed in fighting so far, including a three-month-old infant, during strikes in the southern city of Odesa, local officials said.
“Give every boy and every girl a happy childhood, youth and old age, that will allow at least a little to erase the memories of their terrible childhood during the war.” , the President of Ukraine said.
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