KYIV — One of the fighters holed up at a steel mill besieged by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has enlisted SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk to help evacuate them.
Scores of civilians were rescued from the sprawling Azovstal factory last week under a deal with Russia, but no deal has been reached with Moscow on allowing hundreds of fighters out, including some are injured, after weeks of shelling.
“The folks at @elonmusk say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible. Our planets are side by side, because I live where it’s almost impossible to survive,” wrote the Navy Commander Serhiy Volina on Twitter.
“Help us get out of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who? Give me a clue.”
Musk, the world’s richest man, owns rocket company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, and plans to buy Twitter. It wasn’t immediately clear if Musk had seen Volina’s tweet.
Ukrainian officials say around 1,000 fighters are resisting in Azovstal’s many underground tunnels, hundreds of whom are seriously injured and need to be evacuated urgently. The factory is under heavy fire from the Russians.
In February, when Ukraine’s internet was shut down following the Russian invasion, Musk responded to a tweet from a Ukrainian government official asking for help. Musk said SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is available in Ukraine and SpaceX is sending more terminals to the country.
New York Post