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