Illia Samoylenko had lost her left arm while defending Ukraine. She also lost one of her eyes. But having an artificial eye and a titanium arm does not prevent him from continuing to fight Russian troops in Mariupol. “A man of iron will, a true hero!”say the Ukrainians.
An officer of the Azov Battalion, he went to war in 2015 (a year after the battle for the Russian annexation of Crimea began) and that was when he lost both parts of his body.
Illia Samoylenko, an officer in Azov & spokesman at a press conference from besieged Azovstal on 8 May.
He went to war in 2015, and lost his left arm and right eye.
He continues his fight with a titanium mechanical prosthesis and hopes to complete his degree in history. pic.twitter.com/9Vk15WgGrC
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 9, 2022
“He continues his fight with a mechanical titanium prosthesis and hopes to finish the race of history”, explained Euromaidan Press.
The United Nations fears that thousands of civilians have died in Mariupol due to attacks by Russian troops and they point out that they will be able to verify this when an observer mission can access the city, which has suffered enormous destruction.
Likewise, at least one hundred Ukrainian civilians remain refugees in the facilities of the Azovstal steel plant, in the southern Ukrainian city, according to an adviser to the city mayor, Petro Andriuschenko.
“Mariupol. Azovstal. In addition to the military at least 100 civilians remain in shelters. However, this does not reduce the density of the invaders’ attacks,” the municipal adviser wrote on his Telegram account, according to the Interfax-Ukraine agency. He also said that “heavy artillery and aviation continued to bombard the plant throughout the day (yesterday). Ground assault attempts remain unsuccessful. But the city hears the sound of cannons again,” Andriuschenko said.
The besieged city on the edge of the Sea of Azov has been completely blocked by Russian troops since almost the beginning of the invasion, on February 24, and the steel mill facilities have served as a refuge for hundreds of civilians and soldiers who are still enduring the siege
“This attack is another reminder that in this war, as in many other conflicts, it is the civilians who pay the highest price,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, before reiterating that “civilians and infrastructure civilians should be safe in times of war”.
Likewise, he has indicated that “this war must end and peace must be established, in line with the UN Charter and International Law.” “The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Ukraine will continue to support those whose lives have been broken by war,” she concluded.