Mariupol police officer asks for help from Biden, Macron

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A Ukrainian police officer in Mariupol warned that the besieged port city had been “wiped off the face of the earth” and pleaded with chiefs United States of America And the France To provide his country with a modern air defense system.

This image provided by the Azov Battalion shows the damaged after bombing drama theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, March 17, 2022.

This image provided by the Azov Battalion shows the damaged after bombing drama theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, March 17, 2022.
(Azov Battalion via The Associated Press)

in a video Mail From a street full of rubble, Mariupol police officer Mikhail Vershnin told President Joe Biden and the French President Emmanuel Macron that they had promised assistance, “but it was not what we received,” and urged them to rescue the civilian population.

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“Children and old people are dying. The city has been destroyed and wiped off the face of the earth,” he said, speaking in Russian in the video filmed on Friday and documented by the Associated Press. In it, flames could be seen coming from many buildings while others were destroyed. Sounds of explosions could also be heard.

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Local residents carry water from a food depot, in the area under the control of the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 18, 2022.

Local residents carry water from a food depot, in the area under the control of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 18, 2022.
(AP Photo / Alexei Alexandrov)

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on Friday, March 18, 2022, shows damaged and burnt-out apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine.

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on Friday, March 18, 2022, shows damaged and burnt-out apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine.
(Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP)

“You promised there would be help, give us that help. BidenMacron, you are great leaders. Be them to the end.”

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Farshnin said the city faces the fate of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which was destroyed in 2016 in a Russian-backed siege during the Syrian revolution that turned into a civil war. Russia aided the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a ruthless strategy by laying siege to opposition-held areas, bombing and starving them until the population’s resilience collapsed.

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