6 May 2022, 02:12 PM

Crimean Tatar medic trapped at Azovstal appeals to Turkey for help

A Crimean Tatar combat medic who is tending to the wounded defenders and civilians at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel mill made a public appeal to Turkey for help via an Instagram video on May 5.

In his appeal, he requested aid in rescuing residents of Mariupol and the dwindling ranks of Ukrainian soldiers who are protecting them by holding their ground at the steel plant against overwhelming opposition.

“I don’t remember what day of the war today is; people are dying, some – by bullets, others – of starvation, wounded – from lack of medical supplies and dreadful conditions,” he said.

“We’re out of time, and I don’t know if there will be a tomorrow; I’m a Muslin, a Crimean Tatar, a scion of the House of Giray.”

He added that was studying medicine prior to the war, never had to deal with death before, while working as a paramedic. Now he is doing everything to treat the many wounded in the bunkers beneath Azovstal.

“I’ve always helped people they way I could; but now in 2022, it pains me to see people slip away from sepsis and lack of simple antibiotics,” the medic continues.

“We’re under constant artillery, air, and naval bombardment; I ask (the Russians) to observe the agreed upon evacuation procedures and let people, including the military, to escape from Azovstal; put an end to this horror.”

Earlier, Ukraine’s Deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk said that Mariupol evacuation is set to continue on May 6.

On May 1, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel mill is underway. The effort is conducted by the UN and the International Committee of Red Cross.

Mariupol has been besieged by Russian troops for two months. Russian attacks have leveled the city, leaving its residents without water, power, heating, or communications.

Preliminary estimates suggest that as many as 22,000 civilians have been killed in the city since the launch of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Attempting to conceal their apparent war crimes, Russians brought at least 13 mobile crematoria to the area. Reports by Ukrainian journalists and local officials suggest there are at least three mass grave sites in and around the city, where the Russians are burying dead civilians.

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