Mariupol police officer pleads for help from Biden, Macron

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A Ukrainian police officer in Mariupol has warned that the besieged port city has been “wiped off the face of the earth” and pleaded with the presidents of the United States and France to provide his country with a modern air defense system.

A video post was taken from a rubble-strewn road by Michail Vershnin, a Mariupol officer. He told President Joe Biden that they promised help but “what we actually received is not enough” and urged them all to rescue the civilian population.

“Children, elderly people are dying. The city has been destroyed, and the land is gone.” he stated in Russian. The video was filmed on Friday. It was verified by The Associated Press.

In it, flames can be seen coming from several buildings while others were decimated in the city on the Sea of Azov that before the Russian invasion had 440,000 people. Also, you could hear apparent explosions.

” You have said that you will help. Please help us. Macron and Biden are both great leaders. He said, “Be them until the end.”

Vershnin said the city is facing the fate of the Syrian city of Aleppo that was destroyed in 2016 in a Russian-backed siege during Syria’s revolution-turned-civil war. Russia supported President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria with an incredibly brutal strategy. They placed sieges around the opposition-held areas and bombarded, starved them until their ability to resist collapsed.

Years ago, Mariupol also endured fierce fighting against Russia-backed separatists after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, but managed to beat back repeated assaults.

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